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Social Care Training Ireland - September to December 2017 schedule published 25-08-2017 Social Care Training Ireland have published their September to December 2017 training schedule to their website www.socialcaretraining.ie. They now have over 50 courses scheduled in Cork, Dublin, Carlow, Kerry, Kildare, Limerick and Galway. September 2017 13th September: Child Protection - Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

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Woman had to leave refuge after husband tracked her phone 11-08-2017 Husband had allegedly cut her with glass and burnt her with a cigarette A woman had to leave a domestic violence refuge after her husband tracked her there using the location of her phone, the Dublin District Family Court was told on Thursday.

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Customs will detain child sex dolls 04-08-2017 Customs officers say their policy regarding child sex dolls is to detain the goods and hand them over to gardaí for investigation. The development follows some uncertainty among authorities and legal experts as to whether or not possession, or importation, of the dolls constituted a criminal offence under Irish laws. The legal issue was the subject of a landmark court ruling in Britain

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02-08-2017 HSE decides against approving Translarna for reimbursement under drugs schemes A new treatment for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will not be made available in the Republic, the Health Service Executive has decided. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) says the HSE has informed it that the treatment, Translarna, will not be approved for reimbursement under its drugs schemes. This

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Mother and children waited months to be rehoused after domestic abuse 26-07-2017 The Ombudsman for Children is calling on the Government to re-double its effort to generate sufficient suitable social housing for families. The calls come following an investigation by the ombudsman into a case where a mother and her children waited almost two years to be rehoused after becoming homeless due to domestic violence. The ombudsman launched an investigation

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Government approves ‘opt-out’ system for organ donation 12-07-2017 Harris says the measure has potential to transform organ donation in the State The Government has approved the creation of an opt-out system for organ donation. Minister for Health Simon Harris brought a memo to the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday seeking consent to draft the general scheme of a Human Tissue Bill which seeks to increase the number of organs made available to doctors. The aim

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Ireland is failing trafficking survivors, claims report 28-06-2017 This country is deficient when it comes to supporting victims of human trafficking, with a report claiming Ireland is still a destination and source country for women, men, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour, including forced criminal activity. The annual Trafficking in Persons Report 2016, by the US State Department, noted while 90 new trafficking-related cases were

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Children must play ‘central role’ in State’s refugee policy 21-06-2017 Direct provision ‘entirely unsuitable’ for children, says Irish Refugee Council Governments have been urged to allow the voices of children forced to leave their home countries and seek asylum abroad to play “a central role in informing policies” that affect refugees’ lives. Charities in Ireland and abroad marked World Refugee Day on Tuesday by calling on governments to make a greater

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Daffodil Care Services job bulletin 16-06-2017 16th June 2017 jobs bulletin Daffodil Care Services are currently hiring for the following vacancies and interviews will take place locally in June 2017: Social Care Leader- Full Time- South Tipperary www.daffodilcare.ie/careerdetails.php?ids=18 Social Care Worker- Full Time- South Tipperary www.daffodilcare.ie/careerdetails.php?ids=36 Social Care

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Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse to cost €90 million 08-06-2017 Chairman Mr Justice Sean Ryan tells describes ‘long, difficult and costly’ inquiry The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse will cost €90 million in legal expenses, Mr Justice Sean Ryan has said. Speaking at the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin, the president of the Court of Appeal, who chaired the commission, said the legacy of damage, mostly psychological, read more

4,000 child abuses reported last year 17-05-2017 There were more than 180 disclosures of physical and sexual abuse of children and 18 cases of child abduction reported to Women’s Aid last year. The agency said more than 3,500 cases of emotional abuse of children were disclosed to them in 2016. Children were slapped, punched, shouted at, called names, and even told they would be killed alongside their mothers. They also witnessed appalling read more

Zappone promises more resources for teenagers leaving care 12-05-2017 Funding secured to recruit 18 aftercare managers, says Minister for Children The State will have a statutory obligation to provide an aftercare plan from September 1st for up to 600 teenagers leaving care every year, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has told the Dáil. Ms Zappone told Fianna Fáil’s spokeswoman on children, Anne Rabbitte, that there were pending amendments to the Child

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Grannies and casual childminders face vetting to earn new €1,000 subsidy 10-05-2017 Grandparents and other casual childminders face fast-track garda vetting if they want to get a new Government subsidy. The new Affordable Childcare scheme requires background checks on childminders before they get the payments of up to €1,000 per year. But only about 130 of the estimated 20,000 people working as childminders have been formally vetted, which is needed in order to be

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Schoolgirls more at risk of being overweight than boys 05-05-2017 Study finds 20% of children in sixth class are obese, with higher rates in disadvantaged schools Girls in primary schools in Ireland are more at risk of being overweight or obese than boys but this gap decreases as the children get older, according to a study released yesterday by the HSE. When first round of the HSE’s ‘Childhood Obesity Surveillance’ was undertaken in 2008, 20 per cent of

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Baby boxes introduced at Irish hospital 26-04-2017 It's hoped that the initiative will reduce cot deaths among infants A new initiative has been launched at Wexford General Hospital aimed at reducing and raising awareness around infant mortality. Every baby born at the hospital will receive a Baby Box, made from durable cardboard, and come with a firm mattress, waterproof mattress cover, and fitted cotton sheet. Replacing the need for a

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We must engage with adverse effects of technology on children 21-04-2017 Vicky Britton explores adverse effects of technology exposure on children and how health professionals are trying to grapple with a problem the extent of which is not yet known. It’s too early to examine the long-term impact of technology on our children’s cognitive and social skills, leaving parents in the dark about how technology is changing the way children behave. One expert in the

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More than 60% of overweight children bullied 14-04-2017 Bullying has emerged as a “very big issue” from a study of children attending a hospital-based obesity treatment programme, with 63% bullied about their weight, Evelyn Ring. The finding is based on an analysis of the initial assessment forms of 111 children attending the family-based W82GO service at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin. It found that 12

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Pieta House launches teen resilience initiative 05-04-2017 Teenagers are to be trained in coping skills and how to develop inner resilience in a new six-week course offered by mental health charity Pieta House. The course, from the Pieta House Resilience Academy, has already been successfully piloted. It has shown positive results in helping young people develop tools to deal with upset and setbacks. The charity said last year it provided support

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Community in shock after local disabled man 'mugged in broad daylight' 29-03-2017 Community in shock after local disabled man 'mugged in broad daylight' The sister of a young disabled man who was mugged in a local park has described the people who targeted him as "cowards". Eoin Harte, who is from Co Carlow, had been enjoying the nice weather on Sunday when he was targeted by two teenage boys. While leaving the Town Park in Graiguecullen, his sister claimed two boys

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'Their lives were robbed' - Sister of 'Sarah' who lived in the Grace Foster Home speaks about 'horrific sex abuse' 10-03-2017 The sister of a child who spent time in the 'Grace' Foster Home has claimed her sister 'Sarah', also suffered horrific sexual abuse at the home. In an interview with David McCullagh on RTÉ's Prime Time, the woman spoke out about her family's experience at the foster home. Sarah had intellectual disabilities and the family decided that the best learning option for her would be in a home that

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Cash for carrots: wrong ways to make a child eat healthily 08-03-2017 Don’t lure them with a lollipop to eat greens, or keep serving food they don’t like Tears and tantrums at mealtimes are a regular occurrence in many households – but this is often just the parents as they try every tactic to coerce their children into eating healthy food. Many are faced with shaking heads and stubbornly clamped lips and some youngsters even resort to spitting out the meals

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Garda helpline offers ‘trained listeners’ for sex abuse victims 03-03-2017 Lots of offenders unpunished due to victims’ reluctance to go to police, says One in Four Fewer than 10 per cent of sexual violence victims who contacted the One in Four organisation for help made a criminal complaint to the Garda but a new helpline service may increase the number, it said. One in Four, which supports men and women who have experienced child sexual abuse, said the fact a

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Medical cards proposed for 9,800 severely disabled children 28-02-2017 Simon Harris and Finian McGrath to seek approval of measure for under 16s Up to 10,000 children in receipt of domiciliary care allowance will be given a medical card from June under legislation that is to be considered by the Government on Tuesday. Minister of Health Simon Harris and Minister of State at the Department of Health Finian McGrath are to bring a memo to Cabinet requesting

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A child became homeless every five hours in January, Dáil told 24-02-2017 ‘Shameful’ statistic shows Government policy not working, says FF TD Barry Cowen Focus Ireland said a child became homeless every five hours in January, a statistic called “shameful” by Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Barry Cowen. “We are obliged in this House to seek to remove whatever obstacles that are preventing the implementation of any plans,” Mr Cowen told the Dáil on Thursday. He

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Low grade for Govt in children's rights group report 22-02-2017 The Children's Rights Alliance, which is supported by close to 100 rights-based and young people's organisations, has launched its annual assessment of the Government's performance of upholding children’s rights. The alliance's Report Card 2017 gave the Government's performance an overall D+ grade. The alliance says this year’s result is the poorest in six years. It is

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New mums fear baby will be taken into care if they admit depression 17-02-2017 Women who suffer from depression during and after pregnancy are often reluctant to admit to it for fear their baby will be taken into care. Dr Krysia Lynch, chairwoman of the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS), said the lack of supports tailored towards perinatal mental health means women face being admitted to general acute mental health units, read more

Over 5,000 at-risk children have no social worker, Dáil hears 15-02-2017 Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan says the reduction the number of such cases is ‘inadequate’ More than 5,000 children who have been brought to the attention of child welfare and protection services have still not been allocated a social worker, it has emerged. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone told the Dáil on Tuesday there had been a 19 per cent reduction in the number of at-risk children

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‘Places a priority’ for children at risk 10-02-2017 Intervention for children at risk should be made on the basis of identified need, rather than availability of places, according to the chairperson of the National Review Panel on the deaths of children known to care services. Helen Buckley was speaking at an event entitled ‘Working with Complexity’ where attendees also heard that the role of domestic violence in childcare cases is read more

Supervised injecting facilities approved at Cabinet 08-02-2017 The Cabinet has approved the introduction of legislation to establish supervised injecting facilities for drug users. Facilities would be staffed by medics trained to deal with overdoses where users can access sterile needles and rooms to inject drugs they have brought with them. It would effectively legalise possession of heroin in the unit, but it would still be illegal

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Irish human rights chief Logan 'numb and shocked' by US actions 01-02-2017 The Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has said it is imperative that Ireland speaks up and shows moral leadership in protecting migrant and refugee children. Emily Logan has also described being left "numb and shocked" by President Donald Trump's travel ban. Speaking at a seminar in Dublin on Ireland's Response to the Global Refugee and Migration Crisis,

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Childrens’ views taken into account in adoption legislation, Seanad told 25-01-2017 All children eligible for adoption regardless of parents’ marital status, Minister says The views of children will be taken into account under new adoption legislation, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has told the Seanad. She said she had amended the Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 to enable the views of the child to be heard and to ensure that their best interests were protected. “

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Warning issued about 'lethal white powder' following death of talented footballer (16) 18-01-2017 The HSE has issued a public health message about a lethal white powder following the death of a teenager in Cork city. Michael Cornacchia was discovered in an unresponsive state in a bedroom at his home in the Deerpark estate, Friars Walk, on the southside of Cork city on Monday. The shocking discovery was made by his mother shortly after 10am on Monday. Now David

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Eighty-four minors received in-patient psychiatric hospital care last year 11-01-2017 Seventeen children, aged between 13 and 14, were resident in Irish psychiatric hospitals, for a range of mental health disorders, last year, census figures show. Eighty-four under-18s received psychiatric in- patient care for conditions such as depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and neuroses. The majority of young patients were aged 16 or under, with 17 patients

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Families urged to talk about organ donation 05-01-2017 The decision on donating a loved one’s organs is so much easier to make if those involved have already discussed the issue, writes Jessica Casey ‘We all think if we’re on the donor register and we have the cards, we’re covered. In reality, we are more likely to need a transplant than to donate,” says Emma Corrigan, Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland co-ordinator. In

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President Higgins laments hate and racism in Christmas address 21-12-2016 Gardaí have launched an investigation after receiving a complaint that two children were sexually assaulted at a crèche by a staff member. Society must maintain a sense of solidarity in order to achieve a better future, he says President Michael D Higgins has used his annual Christmas message to sound a warning note about “new forces” in society seeking to utilise hate and racism. Mr

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UN: 80,000 Nigerian children will starve to death 14-12-2016 Nearly half a million children will face starvation in north-eastern Nigeria next year and 80,000 will die unless they receive treatment, amid the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram's Islamic uprising, the United Nations' children's agency has warned. "What is already a crisis can become a catastrophe," Unicef executive director Anthony Lake said. His statement said the 400,000

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McGrath raises Govt's UN disability ratification delay at Cabinet 07-12-2016 Minister of State Finian McGrath has revealed that he raised the controversy about blockages to the Republic ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities at yesterday's Cabinet meeting. The Independent Alliance Minister with Responsibility for People with Disabilities has told RTÉ News that "very shortly" the Government aims to publish legislation read more

Jobs Bulletin - Daffodil Care Services 30-11-2016 Join the team at Daffodil Care Services, providing a range of residential and community based services through a national network of registered children’s residential centres, semi-independent residential care and community based outreach support. Daffodil Care are now hiring full time and relief Social Care Leaders and Social Care Workers based in their mainstream and semi-

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Tusla asked to fund clearance of child therapy backlog 30-11-2016 Tusla asked to fund clearance of child therapy backlog The Child and Family Agency has said it is open to redirecting funding into the areas of most need but could not confirm that an organisation helping sexually abused children will get the money it says it needs to clear a therapy backlog. Children At Risk in Ireland (Cari) yesterday launched its 2015 annual report by calling on Tusla to

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Fostered boy was rejected over two years by 28 schools 23-11-2016 Ombudsman for Children raises concern over vulnerable children missing education A 13-year-old boy in foster care was unable to find a school place for two years despite applications to 28 schools in surrounding areas, it has emerged. The case is contained in a special report by the Ombudsman for Children on difficulties young people have in accessing basic education. The problems are

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Al Porter praised after revealing stigma of depression 18-11-2016 Comedian Al Porter has revealed his struggles with depression and has said the stigma about the condition even forced him to hide his medication after he was prescribed anti-depressants by a doctor. Speaking on Wednesday night's edition of Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge on RTÉ One, the 23-year-old Tallaght man spoke candidly about the difficulties in coming to terms with a diagnosis read more

One in eight mums-to-be attacked in their home 16-11-2016 One in eight women has suffered domestic abuse during pregnancy. Attacks on mums to be in the home are "particularly common", said Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony. They can cause serious harm to women and increase the rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and pre-term birth. Speaking at the SAFE Ireland Summit in Dublin yesterday, Dr Mahony said

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Teach children online safety ‘soon as they pick up device’ 08-11-2016 Children should be taught about online safety and digital citizenship “as soon as they pick up a device”, according to a leader researcher on an international study which indicated some vulnerable young people can fall prey to online predators. The report on online child sexual abuse by a team at Middlesex University London incorporated input from gardai and from young Irish adults. read more

Junk food firms using manipulative and covert tech tools to target children 04-11-2016 Junk food companies are using clever and manipulative digital marketing tactics to sell their products to children, a major report reveals today. Foods laden with sugar and salt, which are contributing to high levels of obesity, are being promoted by highly inventive and furtive technology. But there is little effective regulation of the online world in place to protect

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One in two women sexually harassed 28-10-2016 Half of Irish women have experienced sexual harassment at some point in their lives, while one in four have been victims of physical violence, according to a major new report. Data from 56 agencies funded by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, was used in the report which collated information from rape crisis centres and other services. The Tusla findings also included

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Pressure growing over discrimination against Travellers 27-10-2016 Rights commissioner Emily Logan says human rights commissioner at the Council of Europe plans to visit Ireland International pressure is set to grow in the coming months about discrimination against Travellers and the failure to recognise Traveller ethnicity, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner has warned. Emily Logan said the human rights commissioner at the Council of

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Sad fact is some child sex abusers are only children themselves 21-10-2016 Last night's 'Would You Believe' special on RTÉ One once again placed the spotlight on child sexual abuse. While the media has focused on sexual abuse in the context of the Catholic Church, the programme has confronted us with a more unpalatable and hidden truth - the high rate of sexual offending by children under 18. International estimates suggest that approximately one third of known sex

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Daffodil Care 2016 National Conference 18-10-2016 Daffodil Care were delighted to host our National Conference in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick City on Friday last, 14th October 2016. Thanks to all who contributed on the day, which saw a packed room of delegates travel from across the country to hear from speakers. CEO of Daffodil Care Pat Hayes opened the conference, welcoming both participants and speakers who travelled the

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No dental screening for 16,000 children due to staff shortages and public clinic closures 07-10-2016 Some 16,000 children missed their school dental screening last year, because of staff shortages and public clinic closures. HSE dental surgeons, who also blamed a lack of policy and direction, said their ability to provide an effective service was being undermined. They fear the public dental service is on the brink of collapse. Because dental problems are not

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Cultural engagement benefits school children - ESRI 05-10-2016 A new study has revealed that children in Ireland who participate in artistic or cultural activities such as drama, dancing, art or music cope better with schoolwork, watch less television, and have a more positive attitude towards school later in life. Using data from the longitudinal Growing up in Ireland study, it examined arts and cultural participation among three, five and 13-

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Children's Ombudsman shares report detailing complaints they had to deal with last year 29-09-2016 The annual report for the Ombudsman for Children’s Office has revealed that they dealt with 1,639 complaints in 2015, arise of 8%. The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, published the report for 2015 (available at bottom of article) outlining the range of complaints made by, or on behalf of children, across education, health, justice, housing and more. He said: “

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Irish teen drinking at a low in European table for alcohol use 21-09-2016 Ireland is now near the bottom of the European table for cigarette and alcohol use among Irish teenage pupils thanks to a continuing reduction in the consumption of both substances. However, the school survey of 15- to 16-year-olds in 35 countries found that Ireland is near the top for use of ecstasy, cocaine, new psychoactive drugs, and inhalants. The European School

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Why teenagers are dismissing 'out of touch' sex education in Irish schools 14-09-2016 Teenage students want a positive approach to sex education in school - one that aims for them to enjoy their sexuality in a way that is safe, consensual, and healthy. Instead what they get is often negative, focussed on heterosexual relationships, out of touch, and taught by poorly trained, embarrassed teachers, according to a new international study. Research involving Irish

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Antidepressant use among children increases by almost 30% 09-09-2016 Science festival hears study followed data from 358,000 patients aged between six and 18 Antidepressant prescription to children has increased by nearly 30 per cent over a 10-year period, a new study from Swansea University has found. Worryingly, these antidepressants were also prescribed to children showing no symptoms of depression but suffering from other afflictions such as anxiety and read more

Painting a ‘bleak picture’ of life for Áras Attracta residents 07-09-2016 Residents at Áras Attracta lived a “bleak” and “controlled” existence for the convenience of staff, an independent report has found. Yesterday the HSE published the Independent Report of Áras Attracta Review Group, which came about as a result of the RTÉ’s Prime Time undercover investigation in December 2014, into conditions at the Mayo care centre. “Overall then, we

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€185 per child each year would deliver free primary education, says Barnardos 02-09-2016 It would cost the Government €185 per child per year to deliver free primary education, according to the children's charity Barnardos. The money would pay for school books, uniforms, well-equipped classrooms and free transport for those availing of the school scheme, the charity says. It would also remove the need for parents to pay voluntary contributions and would ensure

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Shining a light on mental health 26-08-2016 A major summit will shine a light on mental health issues this October. Organised by White Diamond Events, the 'Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit' will take place during mental health awareness week on October 14 in the Aviva Stadium. Several of the speakers attended its launch at l'Ecrivain Restaurant in Dublin, owned by Derry and Sallyanne Clarke, who tragically lost their son read more

Tusla: 21% fall in cases awaiting allocation 24-08-2016 The Child and Family Agency says it improved its services for young people last year “with limited resources” and despite having received 43,596 referrals. Launching its 2015 annual report Tusla said there had been a 21% reduction of cases awaiting allocation to a social worker compared with figures for 2014, with a 65% reduction of high priority cases awaiting allocation to a social read more

Nine deaths ‘not linked’ to Tusla services 17-08-2016 The deaths of nine young people, who had been in the Irish care system, were not as a result of the services they had received. The National Review Panel (NRP) yesterday published its reports into the deaths. All of the children and young people were known to Tusla, the child and family agency, as they had all been in receipt of care at one time, or another, in their lives. read more

6,000 drug needles found in tiny Dublin city centre park every year 12-08-2016 A special needle disposal bin has been placed in the park to help combat the problem. Up to 6,000 needles are found in just one tiny Dublin city centre park every year – with tourists regularly coming across recently-discarded hypodermic needles, and stumbling upon scenes of open drug use. Between 15 and 20 needles are found on the half-hectare site each day according to

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Bereaved parents to benefit from new care standards 10-08-2016 Parents whose child has died during pregnancy or before reaching full term are set to benefit from crucial new national standards in the wake of a series of scandals in the system. Health Minister Simon Harris and HSE director general Tony O’Brien will launch the new “standards for bereavement care following pregnancy loss and perinatal death” at an event this morning in a bid to read more

20% of children have suffered cyberbullying 03-08-2016 One in five Irish children has been bullied online, according to research. Of these children who experienced cyberbullying, one third also reported feelings of depression related to the abuse. The research shows gross inconsistencies between parents’ reporting of child cyberbullying, as only one in ten adults said their son or daughter had been a victim of cyberbullying. According to the

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Joint action will seek damages for victims of sex abuse in schools 29-07-2016 A group of solicitors from around the country are coming together to win damages against the State, for people sexually abused in Irish primary schools. They will represent a group of 75 survivors who were abused as children in Irish primary schools. This action comes on foot of a High Court ruling in May, when five victims were refused the right to sue the Department of

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Adults seeking help for childhood sex abuse 27-07-2016 More adults in midlife are seeking help for childhood sexual abuse, and some have never been able to talk about it before. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre’s incoming chief executive, Noeline Blackwell, said there was a resurgence in calls last year relating to sexual abuse. “Some of the people who are disclosing childhood sexual abuse have never been able to talk about it

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Lack of mental health resources harms children, says ISPCC 22-07-2016 Thousands of children are struggling to cope with mental health problems due to the failure to properly resource emergency and acute services. In its annual report for 2015, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said the lack of investment in prevention and early intervention for at-risk children meant demand for services were reaching “crisis point”. read more

Minister promises Commission of Investigation into residential care of disabled 20-07-2016 The Minister for Disabilities has promised to set up a Commission of Investigation into the care of people with disabilities in residential settings. Finian McGrath's told the Dáil that the cases exposed in recent weeks have given him "cause for concern". He was speaking while putting through legislation that will give residential centres an extra two years to

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Hiqa: 1,800 abuse claims in one year 15-07-2016 Almost 1,800 allegations of suspected or confirmed abuse of people living in centres for adults and children with disabilities were reported last year. In its annual overview report for 2015 on the regulation of such centres, the Health and Information Quality Authority (Hiqa) said regulation has brought a cultural change to the sector and has “steadily led to improvements” in the read more

Sending child to primary school costs €1,000, study finds 13-07-2016 Credit union survey finds 25% of parents likely to struggle with bills in coming months As many as one in eight parents say they will have to sacrifice spending on food in the weeks ahead to cover the cost of sending their children back to school in September, according to a new survey. The research from the Irish League of Credit Unions also shows rising education costs

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Children of heavy drinkers ‘suffer in silence’ 08-07-2016 Many children whose parents are heavy drinkers grow up worrying about their siblings’ health and safety, while others report being unable to sleep at night because of parents’ partying or recount being verbally and physically abused by drunk parents, according to the Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC). Speaking at a Leinster House briefing outlining how

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79% of under-4s fed over-sized portions, poll finds 06-07-2016 Parents are being warned not to over-feed their children after research found around one in 10 regularly serves up adult-sized portions of popular meals. The poll of 1,000 parents also found that 79% of children aged one to four are often given more than the recommended portion size for their age. The Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF), which commissioned the research, is

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Living with mental illness: Meeting a psychiatrist for the first time 01-07-2016 Fiona Kennedy shares her experiences as a public patient in the Galway Adult Mental Health Services No more than meeting a therapist for the first time, meeting a psychiatrist can seem overwhelmingly daunting, not least because we’re conditioned to believe a number of things about psychiatry: •It’s only for crazy people •All they’ll do is prescribe drugs •They’re in league

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Boy's foster parents say State should pay for orthodontic treatment 'because he was been bullied over his protruding teeth', High Court hears 29-06-2016 The foster parents of a 14-year-old boy say the State should pay for orthodontic treatment which the foster mother says he needs because he was been bullied over his protruding teeth, the High Court heard. Two orthodontists said he needed the treatment with one saying if it was left until he is older, the treatment would be more complex, the court heard. read more

Unicef: Migrant children forced into prostitution 17-06-2016 Migrant children in northern France are forced into crime and prostitution on a daily basis to secure a place to stay in migrant camps or the promise of passage to Britain, the UN children’s agency said. Unicef said sexual exploitation, violence and forced labour were a constant threat for children travelling alone and urged the authorities to do more to protect them. “We know this has been

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Child welfare logging system confirmed 15-06-2016 The Child and Family Agency has confirmed that the long-awaited Pulse-style system for logging child welfare and protection concerns will be in operation nationwide by the end of 2018. By the time the NCCIS (National Child Care Information System) is fully rolled out, it will by the most of a decade since the plan was first mooted. The new system will allow Tusla to

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Anti-bullying programme focused on changing bystander behaviour should be in Irish schools 10-06-2016 A national anti-bullying programme focusing on changing bystander behaviour should be rolled out immediately in Irish schools, a leading expert urges. Director of the Anti-Bullying Research Centre at Dublin City University, James O’Higgins Norman, said they developed an anti-bullying programme based on a highly successful Finnish model. Called Kiva (meaning nice), it

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Mums, don't beat yourself up if you do not instantly bond with your baby 08-06-2016 Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but while some mothers look into their newborn's eyes and form an immediate connection, many do not. A new survey shows that as many as a third of new mothers have difficulty bonding with their babies. The survey, carried out by the UK charity the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), spoke to 1,515 new parents, and as well as problems bonding

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Children with disabilities: Over 70 claims of abuse received by health watchdog 03-06-2016 Health and social care watchdog Hiqa also received notifications about serious injuries and misconduct by staff. Last year there were more than 70 notifications of alleged abuse against disabled children in care, Ireland’s health watchdog has said. Hiqa, the independent body responsible for monitoring the quality of health and social services in Ireland, received 175

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Number of teen births continues to fall 01-06-2016 There were 42 teenagers under the age of 16 who had babies last year, it has emerged. The birth figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 1,187 teenagers had babies last year, but the number of such births has declined over the past 15 years. The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme pointed out that births to teenagers had fallen by 62% since 2001

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Learning disability students win right to ‘reader’ 27-05-2016 More than 80 students with dyslexia or other learning disabilities are to get ‘reader’ help or other special accommodation for the Leaving Certificate exams following a review of the refusals of 400 applications for assistance. The State Examinations Commission is re-examining 400 applications seeking “reasonable accommodation” for the exams arising from a High Court decision last read more

'I told my doctor I was against antidepressants but that prescription saved my life' 25-05-2016 The number of Irish people taking antidepressants is at an all-time high. This is no bad thing, says Tanya Sweeney Last week, I had a proud moment. After taking antidepressants for a year, I found myself sitting in my therapist's office. She leaned back, exhaled and said: "you know something? I actually think you don't need me at all anymore." Well, I couldn't have been

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Student with dyslexia appeals exam ‘reader’ refusal 20-05-2016 A student with dyslexia has brought fresh High Court proceedings after his application aimed at securing a reader allowing him better understand papers in next month’s Leaving Certificate was once again refused. The student is one of several individuals who have brought actions against an Independent Appeals Committee of the State Examinations Commission, which is under the aegis of read more

Your last chance to apply: Garda recruitment drive ends today 06-01-2016 Demand for this year’s positions is expected to be high. Today is the final day for applications to the Garda Síochána’s 2016 recruitment programme. The force is adding an additional 600 members to its ranks this year, bringing to 1,150 the total number of new recruits since the Garda Training College was reopened in September 2014. Garda trainees receive a weekly allowance of €184 for

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Parents no longer let 'chastise' children by smacking 11-12-2015 Parents are now effectively banned from smacking their children after the Government yesterday formally removed from law the defence of "reasonable chastisement". From today, any person who administers corporal punishment to a child will no longer be able to rely on such a defence in the courts. Children's Minister James Reilly yesterday formally signed a commencement order for the removal

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It's hard working with missing teenagers when they don't want to be found 09-12-2015 Social workers can’t know for certain if a missing young person is safe or a victim of child sexual exploitation Working with teenagers in the care system, you become increasingly good at recognising the signs of child sexual exploitation – one of which is going missing regularly. Young people go missing for many reasons, but there are also those who are staying with friends and don’t want

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Staff member at children's detention centre badly beaten by teen 08-12-2015 A staff member at Oberstown Boys Centre for young offenders has been viciously attacked in one of the “worst assaults ever encountered” at the facility. The attacker, a resident at the unit, was allegedly under the influence of an unknown substance at the time. Well-placed sources have said the youth was “clearly under the influence of a substance” when returning from a court appearance. read more

Study examines effects of child care; home care 03-12-2015 A study indicates that starting in childcare at an early age has no effect on children's cognitive development, compared to at home care. The latest Growing Up in Ireland report also indicates high engagement with the Free Pre-school Year programme. The Government-funded study of children being carried out jointly by the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin shows that by the

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Hospital staff under pressure to release details of child sex abuse victims 30-11-2015 Staff at a unit treating child sex abuse victims are coming under increasing pressure from the courts and the DPP to release intimate details over and above that related to abuse concerns. The level of detail demanded by lawyers is such that staff at St Clare’s Child Sexual Abuse Unit in Temple Street Hospital believe it could deter families with abuse concerns from coming forward.

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Dublin soup run tackles food poverty in the suburbs 23-11-2015 Volunteers in Ballyfermot say demand for service ‘shows how desperate people are’ The arrival of volunteers at the door with food parcels makes “getting through the week a bit easier”, says Selina Hall, a mother-of-four living in the Crawford area of Ballyfermot, west Dublin. “It’s great, yes. It just helps, you know, especially after the weekends when the presses are nearly bare,” she says

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Mental health talk on International Men's day 19-11-2015 Sport stars, poets and broadcasters are among those who will be talking about the importance of men looking after their emotional and mental health, as part of International Men's Day today. Pieta House, a suicide and crisis self-harm centre, is hosting an event in Dublin later, where men will talk about how they have come through difficult times in their lives. Rugby player Jack McGrath

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Rise in child parental abductions due to ease of mobility 18-11-2015 Dr Shannon told a conference on parental child abduction, held in Dublin yesterday, that as well as being a more mobile society, some 15% of marriages are bi-national. “So inevitably when marriages break down, the area of abduction comes into sharp focus,” said Dr Shannon, adding that a key issue now emerging is the “grave risk defence” being used to prevent children being returned. read more

New laws on rights of crime victims are criticised 16-11-2015 Legislation is designed to recognise and safeguard victims, witnesses and families Concerns have been raised around aspects of a comprehensive set of laws on the rights of victims of crime which come into force today. The new measures include the right to access information on the progress of criminal cases; support during trials; a formal explanation from the Director of Public read more

Woman admits assaulting Áras Attracta residents 11-11-2015 A staff member at the Áras Attracta facility in Co Mayo has pleaded guilty to assaulting residents there. Joan Gill entered her plea at this morning's sitting of Swinford District Court, sitting in Ballina. Brendan McDonagh SC told Judge Mary Devins that Ms Gill, with an address at Dublin Road, Swinford, was pleading guilty to three of five charges against her on a full read more

'If I had the option I would impose a life sentence... to protect society' - judge 06-11-2015 Child kidnapper with 92 previous convictions gets 17 years A judge praised the "natural instinct" of a young boy who "swung into action" to save his sister from abduction. Michael Martin (36) was given a 17-year sentence, with the final four years suspended, for false imprisonment in Co Laois last March. He had 92 previous convictions and was on bail for robbery charges at the time. read more

Ireland should follow Portugal on drug laws, report suggests 05-11-2015 Proposals for Government suggest possession should be similar to road traffic offence Ireland should follow the example of Portugal and offer counselling and other assistance to people caught by gardaí with small quantities of drugs rather than prosecute them, a new report for Government by an Oireachtas committee is proposing. People found with drugs including cannabis, heroin and cocaine

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State too slow to help many at-risk kids, says report 03-11-2015 Four out of every five children who are reported at risk of abuse are going weeks without being assessed by child protection officers, according to a new report. The Children's Ombudsman, Dr Niall Muldoon, said he is "seriously concerned" that thousands of children are being left in vulnerable situations without "the proper, timely support from the State". A quarter of all complaints the

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Sexual health strategy aims to combat rising STI levels 30-10-2015 Move follows reports highlighting increase in cases of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis The HSE has launched a new sexual health strategy which aims to ease the “significant increase” in levels of sexually transmitted infections in Ireland. The first ever National Sexual Health Strategy and Action Plan proposes to improve access to sexual health education and information, and to ensure read more

All pre-school staff will need qualification, Minister says 29-10-2015 Dr James Reilly announces new reforms for early childhood care and education All staff working with children in pre-school settings will be required to have a level 5 qualification under regulations to be published shortly, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly has said. Dr Reilly was speaking at an international conference in Dublin on monitoring quality in early childhood care and

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Child sex abuse: Therapy seen as key to prevent re-offending 27-10-2015 The need for sex offenders to have access to appropriate treatment services is recognised by Children First, the national guideline for the protection and welfare of children. One of those is the Building Better Lives (BBL) sex offender programme delivered in Arbour Hill prison by a team of psychologists. It has three components: exploring, practising, and maintaining better lives.

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Child refugee brides as young as 12 ordered to stay with men they were forced to marry 23-10-2015 Child brides as young as 12 have been ordered to stay with the men they were forced to marry after European officials agreed to recognise the partnerships. It comes amid fears of a paedophilia epidemic inside European refugee camps after a pregnant 14-year-old girl went missing from a Dutch centre. Fatema Alkasem disappeared along with her 24-year-old husband in August and police

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Roma family with blonde son settles case for €60k 20-10-2015 Roma family with blond son settles case for €60k A Roma family whose two- year-old blond son was removed overnight from them by gardaí in what their lawyer alleged was a case of “hysterical” and “overzealous” policing has settled its High Court action for €60,000 damages. Mr Justice Paul McDermott noted that, notwithstanding the very difficult circumstances and undoubted trauma for the

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More than 2,000 Irish schoolchildren 'have had images stolen by porn sites' 16-10-2015 More than 2,000 Irish schoolchildren have had their images stolen and misused by online porn sites, according to Child Watch. It says the unsuspecting students - mostly teenage girls - have fallen victim to having their images abused. The company, which promotes digital-based security for children, is addressing the National Association of School Principals and Deputy Principals today to read more

Tusla warning Govt to invest in child services 12-10-2015 A failure to invest in services for vulnerable children and families could see future costs rise by over nine times their current levels, the Government has been warned. The business plan of the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), seen by RTÉ's This Week, says there is a "strong and compelling" case for investment. "Leaving moral and societal values to one side and examining

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Drug use among Irish youth above EU average 09-10-2015 A new study has found that the levels of use of new synthetic drugs in Ireland are three times the EU average. The UN report also revealed that Ireland has the fifth highest rate of drug-related deaths among under 25s in the European Union. These figures were revealed at the launch of this year’s Let’s Talk About Drugs Media Awards on Friday. The awards

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‘Not enough done’ on child sex abuse 07-10-2015 Not enough is being done to keep children safe from sexual harm, according to one of the country’s leading sexual abuse charities. One in Four has called on the Government to tackle the situation immediately. “We must encourage adult survivors to come forward and take very seriously their accounts of their childhood experiences,” said executive director Maeve Lewis ahead read more

Warning of funds crisis in child protection 05-10-2015 Groups providing family support, rape crisis, domestic violence, and marriage counselling services all face further funding cuts, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has warned. Tusla chief executive Gordon Jeyes said that the agency was in a “constant struggle” to work within budget and more than 5,000 children, some “at significant risk”, were awaiting allocation of a social worker. “We

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Child care order cases reveal themes of abuse 01-10-2015 The misery of children finding nothing under the tree on Christmas morning while their mother slept off a hangover upstairs is just one of the heartrending cases to feature in the latest batch of reports from the Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP). One of the children, a young girl, whose mother hit her and called her “a scruffy little knacker”, had run away from home to live with her

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Report finds children from poorer backgrounds feel teachers don't understand them 30-09-2015 Children from low-income families are less likely to feel like their teachers understand them, and are also less likely to ask their parents for help with homework. That’s according to a new report launched by Barnardos this morning which calls for primary school education to be made completely free, at an estimated cost of around €103m a year - or an extra €185 per pupil. Barnardos CEO,

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Bullied obese children miss long tracts of school year 28-09-2015 Aoife Brinkley, a senior clinical psychologist at the child obesity service at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, said seven out of ten children at the clinic reported bullying, with one tenth self-harming as a result, and suffering with depression and anxiety disorders. With a quarter of Irish children classed as overweight or obese, it is thought more and more will be

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'32 children protected' as PSNI arrest 25 people over child abuse images 25-09-2015 A police operation targeting child abusers in Northern Ireland claims to have protected 32 children from harm by making 25 arrests. Steps have been taken to safeguard and protect the 32 children in the North deemed at potential risk from the detained individuals. None of the children safeguarded were subjects in the indecent images. Instead, they would have had contact with those who have

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Families want set jail term for knife offences 21-09-2015 Families of homicide victims are calling for mandatory sentences for unlawful possession of knives after an almost 60% jump in knife murders last year. Figures provided to the Irish Examiner show that 19 people were murdered with knives or sharp objects in 2014, compared to 12 in 2013. This figure represents the highest number of such fatalities since 2009, when there were also 19

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Videos created to support parents after loss of child 17-09-2015 Anam Cara, the charity which provides support to bereaved families, has launched a series of videos to offer hope to those who have experienced the death of a child. "The videos are a powerful resource to any family experiencing the sudden death of a child," said Sharon Vard, CEO of Anam Cara. "Newly bereaved parents and families need the support of those who have suffered a similar read more

Text service gives suicidal men a voice 14-09-2015 More men are opening up about their mental health problems than before thanks to a text service operated by suicide prevention charity Console, which is being hailed as a “breakthrough” in suicide prevention. Traditionally, the organisation has seen more women than men getting in contact — 61% of all calls to their helpline are from females. Now, with the implementation of a new

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Call for child protection public health nurses 07-09-2015 There should be more child protection public health nurses, according to the findings of a study which highlighted the vital role they play in spotting and dealing with neglect cases. The study, carried out for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, focused on the child protection public health nurse in South Lee in Cork — the only area to have someone in the dedicated role.

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High childcare costs preventing mothers staying in workforce 03-09-2015 Almost half of mothers say the high cost of childcare has prevented them returning to work after the birth of a child. Most mothers want the Government to introduce income tax relief in the next Budget to help them defray the cost of childcare. And huge numbers of working women have considered delaying having children because of poor maternity benefits, according to a survey of 1,000 read more

Government urged to tackle child obesity crisis 01-09-2015 Calls are being made for more to be done to tackle Ireland's childhood obesity rates. Children as young as two years of age are being treated for obesity at some Irish hospitals. In one case - at Temple Street in Dublin - a child was treated who weighed almost double the average weight for their age group. Obese children suffer from various health problems, but

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Good nutrition for children is a no-brainer 31-08-2015 Helen O’Callaghan on putting a back-to-school focus on kids’ diet. With school starting, children will face many demands on their concentration and energy, so it’s important parents do their homework and fill nutritional gaps in kids’ diets. Key nutrients to focus on are iron, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids – all essential brain foods. The WHO estimates iron

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Coalition to publish plan for people with autism 26-08-2015 Training and measures aimed at gardaí and those working in Government departments The Government will publish a plan for people with autism, including targeted training for gardaí, health staff and local housing officers. A Cabinet subcommittee on health has agreed to include a number of specific proposals in a revised National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan. The proposals

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How to prepare your child for primary school 24-08-2015 The first days of primary school can be difficult for children even if they have had the benefit of a pre-school experience says Helen O’Callaghan. FOR the past month, you’ve had your soon-to-be junior infant try on his school uniform whenever visitors call. You’ve emphasised the excitement of big school at every turn. Now you’ve started to count down with him the number

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ISPCC backs age restrictions for videos 19-08-2015 The ISPCC has welcomed a UK scheme to put age restrictions on music videos and called for other countries to adopt similar measures. The British Board of Film Classification pilot scheme saw videos from UK singers like Ellie Goulding and Dizzee Rascal rated during a pilot scheme to rate and place age restrictions on online music videos. Sony Music UK, Warner Brothers UK

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Minister willing to help family of Limerick man killed in US 13-08-2015 Minister willing to help family of Limerick man killed in US The Minister for Foreign Affairs is willing to intervene to help the family of Limerick man Jason Corbett, whose children are at the centre or a custody battle in North Carolina, a senior Cabinet minister has said. However Jan O'Sullivan says it may not be the most appropriate course of action as there are legal issues

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William Winder Rainbow Foundation suicide charity appeals for funding 10-08-2015 A suicide prevention charity, which provides free counselling services to vulnerable young people, has been forced to cut its allocation of counselling hours in half due to a lack of funds. The William Winder Rainbow Foundation has provided more than 4,000 free hours of professional counselling to young people since it was established three years ago. Rural parts of west and north

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Sending child to secondary school ‘costs almost €800’ 04-08-2015 Barnardos survey finds 20% of parents take out loans to cover second level costs The cost of sending a child to secondary school has climbed by more than five times the rate of general inflation and is now just under €800, according to a survey to be published by Barnardos on Tuesday. The survey of 1,400 parents tots up the average cost of books, uniforms and voluntary contributions and

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Interview with Carlos Kelly, President of Social Care Ireland (SCI) 22-07-2015 Speaking to Social Care Training Ireland, Carlos Kelly, President of Social Care Ireland (SCI), had this to say: First of all, I am very happy with the appointment of the Social Care Registration Board. They were appointed in April 2015 and they met for the first time last month. I think it’s worth noting that the composition of the board is also very strong and encompasses a great deal of read more

‘Child agency facing a crisis a year’ 20-07-2015 The Government has been warned that it faces “a crisis a year” unless it starts ploughing additional funds into the cash-strapped Child and Family Agency, Tusla. The warning came after it emerged that a review of child protection services found that, as of the end of last February, there were 27,337 open cases, 5,000 of which had not yet been allocated a social worker. read more

Drug centre sees 31% rise in demand for services 15-07-2015

One of the country’s longest-running specialist drug centres witnessed a 31% jump in demand for services last year. Coolmine Therapeutic Community supported 1,250 people during 2014, with women accounting for two-thirds of admissions. In its 2014 annual report, the agency said there was an increase in the numbers of people with heroin as their primary problem drug. & read more

It's also a crime for a woman to hit a man 14-07-2015 'Domestic abuse. There's no shame in being a male victim. Break your silence." So ran the powerful message on the back of the bus ahead of me in Dublin traffic last week. The campaign is being run by Amen to highlight the problem of men who are victims of domestic abuse and is a first for this country. Amen is a Navan-based organisation offering support to men who are victims of domestic

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Fall in cases of kids taken into care 13-07-2015 The number of incidents of children being removed from the care of their parents or guardians by gardaí over fears for their safety recorded a sharp decrease last year. However, there was a significant increase in cases across the three Garda divisions in Cork, notably in Cork North where incidents more than doubled. Figures show there was a 23% reduction in the number of

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New laws on sexual grooming of children before the Dáil 10-07-2015 Anyone convicted of grooming a child for sexual exploitation could soon be facing up to 14 years in jail. A new bill comes before the Dáil today which would add the explicit offence to our statutes. If passed by both houses of the Oireachtas, the crime would include making contact with a youngster online to encourage sexual activity. "It is a small piece of

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Drugs supply ‘stops inmates kicking the habit’ 07-07-2015 The supply of drugs into prisons “seriously undermines” the ability of inmates to kick the habit, the country’s largest voluntary drug and homeless organisation has said. Tony Geoghegan, director of Merchants Quay Ireland, backed the Irish Prison Service’s creation of a confidential helpline to combat the smuggling of drugs. Speaking at the launch of the service, Mr

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The Daffodil Foundation radio interview 06-07-2015 Our Managing Director Pat Hayes was speaking on KCLR 96FM ahead of the launch of The Daffodil Foundation on Friday, a new charity whose mission is "supporting and promoting the wellbeing of young people in Ireland". To listen to the interview, click the link below and skip forward to 6.45. http://kclr96fm.com/kclr-live-friday-3rd-july-2015-part-two/

Pupils aged just seven too obese to fit into their uniforms 02-07-2015 Children as young as seven are having to wear 'adult' size school uniforms because they are overweight. As a result, parents are left with higher bills because the clothes no longer qualify for zero-rate VAT. Department of Finance rules allowing for a VAT exemption on children's clothing and shoes also extend to school uniforms. The zero rate applies to clothing up to a size that the

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Teenage girl with toilet phobia dies from heart attack after going eight weeks without using loo 01-07-2015 A teenager died from a heart attack caused by constipation - after going eight weeks without a bowel movement, an inquest heard. Emily Titterington, 16, had a phobia of using the loo and would frequently withhold her stools for up to two months. Eventually her bowel grew so large it compressed her chest cavity and caused the displacement of other organs. The inquest heard how her life

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Headshop drugs ban curbs problem usage 30-06-2015 A law criminalising the possession or sale of headshop drugs appears to have had the desired effect of reducing usage among young people who had been using in a problematic way, according to a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin. The study, So Prohibition Can Work?, looked specifically at the use of “new psychoactive substances” (NPS)/headshop drugs by adolescents

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My experience of psychiatric care 29-06-2015 Georgina shares her story to help bring down some of the stigma around psychiatric care. It can be a very scary thing going in to a psychiatric hospital when you don't know what to expect. It is likely your mind will think up the worst possible scenarios and bring up memories of all the horror stories you have ever heard and movies you have ever seen, the majority of which have it all wrong read more

Warning as young man dies from online 'diet pills' 26-06-2015 An unknown number of unsuspecting dieters are thought to have bought a deadly 'fat-burner' tablet that has killed a young Irish man. The yellow-coloured 'miracle diet pills', which come in a white tube with the label DNP 200 and contain Dinitrophenol, led to the death of the man last month. Another 93 of these pills were seized by gardaí and officials of the medicines watchdog the Health

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DPP rules out charges over foster care abuse allegations 25-06-2015 No one is to face charges following a Garda inquiry into allegations of abuse in a foster home in the south east. The Director of Public Prosecutions made the decision following a Garda investigation into the claims, which relate to up to 40 children and span two decades. Officers informed the head of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the DPP's direction in recent days. PAC

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IASCM Seminar – Mindfulness 24-06-2015 Mindful Leadership is increasingly being recognised as a key resource for Managers and Team Leaders within the challenging, and often stressful environment of the Social Care setting. Dee Hennessy, Mindful Facilitator, will facilitate a Presentation for the IASCM on Friday, 10th July 2015, at Louis Fitzgerald Hotel from 9.30am1pm (Registration takes place at 9am). read more

Children's groups call on all parties to agree new intervention plan 24-06-2015 Political parties are being called on the make the care of children, and early intervention programmes, a priority for the next government. An event is taking place in Dublin this afternoon around the issue, with representatives from all political parties taking part. The "Hands up for Children" campaign, consisting of 42 groups working in the children's and social sectors,

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HSE will find GP for children who are rejected by three doctors 23-06-2015 Parents who make three unsuccessful attempts to have a GP sign up their child for free visits will be assigned a doctor by the HSE, it emerged yesterday. The HSE was responding to questions on how parents of children under-six in some blackspot areas - where there is poor take-up of the scheme - will cope. New figures show there are 58,000 fewer people now covered by a full medical card

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Judge allows child in care to attend sexual assault unit 19-06-2015 Child ran away from home and disclosed she was sexually abused by friend of her mother A judge at the Dublin District Family Court has dispensed with the need for parental approval to have a child in care assessed at a sexual assault unit. The primary-schoolgoing child was taken into care earlier this year having run away from home after allegedly being beaten by her mother. She later read more

Assisted Decision-Making Bill reaches committee stage 18-06-2015 New legislation will replace Lunacy Regulation Act and end wards of court A Bill to allow people with limited decision-making capacity to better manage their personal, property and financial affairs has progressed to committee stage. The Dáil select committee on justice worked through more than 400 amendments to the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 on Wednesday. The

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Quarter of all calls to rape helpline from men 17-06-2015 The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has reported a 30pc increase in first-time callers to its 24 hour helpline, with men accounting for almost a quarter of those seeking help. More than 12,000 contacts were made to the charity last year, with some 9,207 deemed genuine. Some 3,341 individual client appointments were completed in 2014, according to its annual report. Four out of 10 people

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Barnardos has a plan to make education free for primary school children 16-06-2015 The children’s charity estimates that €103 million would eliminate costs for all parents. Barnardos children’s charity has estimated that it would cost €103 million to give every child in Ireland a totally free primary education. While there is currently no direct charge for children to attend primary school in Ireland, there are a number of additional costs for school books, transportation, read more

One case of sexting is investigated every day by child protection officers 15-06-2015 Children and young people can end up vulnerable to exploitation or blackmail after sexting. The warning comes from the National Crime Agency which has revealed that child protection officers are investigating one case of sexting every day. The officers have to step in to safeguard young people who end up at risk after sending nude or explicit images of themselves on social media or read more

As more teenagers go to extreme measures to get thin, parents should be extra vigilant 12-06-2015 Eating disorders are rising at an alarming rate in young people, with both girls and increasing numbers of boys going to extreme measures to become thin. The number of teenagers who have been admitted to hospital has doubled in the last three years in the UK. In Ireland, there was a 30pc increase in calls to the Eating Disorder Association of Ireland helpline - called Bodywhys - last year.

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IMO to launch proposals to combat substance and alcohol abuse 11-06-2015 The Irish Medical Organisation is calling for "sensible and workable" measures to deal with drug abuse. Recent figures show that since the 1960's the consumption of psychoactive substances and alcohol has increased to a point where almost over one quarter of all Irish adults say they have used them recreationally. Meanwhile, more than half of Irish adults are classified by

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After-school care is the missing part of childcare jigsaw 10-06-2015 Busy parents of primary school children may see it as a much-needed digout. They are waiting to see what the government's long-awaited plans for subsidised after-school care consist of. A growing number of parents are struggling to fit in school hours with their work schedule. One of their greatest difficulties is working out what to do after lunchtime when classes are over. The time between 2 read more

Police investigate 'tragic' case where 'schoolboy took his own life after social media trick' 09-06-2015 Young people advised to stay safe online An Irish schoolboy has taken his own life after being tricked into posting images on the internet. Ronan Hughes, who was 17 and from the Coalisland area, passed away on Friday. Ronan, a keen GAA player, was a pupil at St Joseph's in Donaghmore, Co Tyrone. His funeral will take place at St Patrick's Church in Clonoe tomorrow morning. Police

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Children with disabilities missing out on pre-school 08-06-2015 Access to the free pre-school year for children with special needs has been described as "inconsistent" and "not satisfactory" by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Up to 65,000 children are eligible for the current pre-school year but parents and childcare providers say many are losing out because they do not have vital pre-school assistants. But without a pre-school assistant,

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Alcohol initiative to tackle abuse 05-06-2015 An initiative is being set up in Cork and Kerry to combat what is by far the biggest drug abused – alcohol. Around 400 healthcare workers have just been trained to spot alcohol abuse and offer ‘coalface’ help to alcoholics. HSE officials in the region have reported that alcohol is by far the number one abused drug, well ahead of cannabis, benzodiazepines such as Valium and read more

Abuse victims appeal redress rulings 04-06-2015 Survivors of child abuse appealed 47 decisions by the body established to oversee requests for assistance from the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund last year. However, only three complaints against decisions by Caranua, the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board, were upheld by an appeals officer. Caranua was set up in 2013 to oversee the €110m fund which has been

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Exams advice for parents: How to support your son or daughter 03-06-2015 Remember, these papers are not designed to catch students out, writes Brian Mooney For many parents having a son or daughter take the Junior or Leaving Cert this week brings back waves of fear and anxiety which they last experienced when taking the exam themselves. For many parents this sense of dread leaves them feeling overwhelmed and powerless in assisting their child to successfully

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Crackdown pushes sex trade over border 02-06-2015 Pimps and prostitutes are moving into the border counties of the Republic as a crackdown on the sex trade in the North comes into force, campaigners have warned. There has been more than a 50pc rise in online sex trade activity in counties Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim and Louth in recent weeks, according to a study by the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI). Laws making it a crime for

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HSE sets up intervention team over rise in HIV cases 29-05-2015 The HSE has set up a special intervention team in response to a rise in new HIV cases among homeless drug users in Dublin City. The Irish Examiner has learned there has been nine new cases among injecting addicts in the city so far this year, compared to almost no cases in the same period last year. The HSE said they are still investigating the scale of the increase, but

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Slapping children ‘amounts to torture’ 28-05-2015 Slapping children amounts to torture and Ireland must ban it in all circumstances, human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, has found. This is the fourth time an Irish government has been told it is breaching the European Social Charter, a treaty it signed up to 15 years ago. While hitting a child in school has been banned, carers minding up to three children, parents

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Ireland's smacking law violates the European Social Charter 27-05-2015 The European Committee of Social Rights has found that the Republic of Ireland violated a European charter by not banning all corporal punishment, including parents smacking their children at home. Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe which has not yet banned corporal punishment in the home. The Committee said that the corporal punishment of children in Ireland is

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Government announces funding reprieve for charities 26-05-2015 The Government has announced €1.3m for a range of disability and health groups whose State funding had been cut. Funding for the 30 organisations was set to run out at the end of next month. The last-minute reprieve affects groups including the Irish Heart Foundation, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Alzheimer's Society. The new money will help

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Recognising and dealing with growing issue of cyberabuse 25-05-2015 US organisation has linked up with Safe Ireland on a project that will train service providers, gardaí and judges to deal with cyber-abuse Technology is – usually – our friend. It lets us hail a taxi and turn on the heat before we get home. But it has a dark side too. It facilitates new forms of cyber-harassment, stalking and other types of abuse, while those perpetrating it remain under read more

Govt tolerating 'unacceptable levels of child poverty' - report 22-05-2015 A new report from the Children's Ombudsman said the Government is tolerating unacceptable levels of child poverty, standing over discrimination in schools and failing to protect children. According to the Irish Times, the report has been compiled for the UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child ahead of its examination of Ireland next year. The document being published

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Gardaí release photograph of baby found abandoned 20-05-2015 Baby, who has been named Maria, was found on Steelstown Road, in Rathcoole, Co Dublin Gardaí have released a photograph of the baby found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin on Friday, May 8th. The baby, who has been named Maria, was found on Steelstown Road, a side road near the Blackchurch Inn in Rathcoole. The publication of the photograph had been under consideration for the last

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Teachers say problem of hungry children is worse 19-05-2015 Half of teachers see children arriving to school hungry at least once a week, according to a new report. And more than three in four say the overall problem of hungry children has worsened in the past 12 months. The report also reveals that one-in-five adults in Ireland worry about the amount of money they have to spend on food. Families with young children are more likely to feel the read more

Figures show 4,700 disabled adults sexually abused in England in two years 18-05-2015 Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, figures show. The NSPCC said information from 106 councils showing 4,748 reports of sex abuse against disabled adults is the “visible peak” of what could be a bigger problem. People with learning difficulties were the victims of almost two thirds of reported incidents, the BBC found

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Garda booklet aims to keep Cork teens on right side of the law 14-05-2015 Gardaí are set to send out a potent message to 10,000 teenagers in West Cork warning them of the repercussions of breaking the law, but also how to keep out of trouble. In what has been described as an unprecedented move, the booklet which is aimed at 13-18 year-olds, will be sent to all secondary schools, youth clubs and community organisations in the region. Titled ‘

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'You're not in any trouble' - appeal to mother of 'Maria' to come forward 11-05-2015 Garda have displayed a green Marks and Spencer bag, a black bag and a fleece in the hope of tracing the mother who abandoned her newborn baby in Rathcoole on Friday. At a press conference at Clondalkin garda station, Superintendent Brendan Connolly said the items were similar to those found with the baby girl. “Somebody out there must recognise these items and we are appealing for anyone

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10-year-olds smoke, binge on junk food to ease exam stress 11-05-2015 Children as young as 10 are smoking cigarettes, gorging on junk food, and drinking energy drinks to prepare for exams, research has found. A poll of more than 1,000 youngsters who took Key Stage Two SATs (papers taken in England by pupils in year six, when they are 10/11, as part of a national curriculum assessment programme) last year found eight had smoked before the tests, 37 ate chocolate, read more

Six-month course helps violent men to change 06-05-2015 A six-month programme aimed at getting men to address their violent behaviour against women is to begin in Galway. MOVE (Men Overcoming Violent Emotion) started in Dublin in 1989 as a response to the growing incidence of domestic abuse and branches spread around the country. It is a problem that has only worsened in the intervening years. Nearly half of all

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80% of children don’t get enough physical activity 05-05-2015 Only one fifth of primary school children in Ireland are getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. A new study from University College Cork reveals what researchers say is an “alarming” lack of basic physical movement skills among Irish children and young adults. Almost 250 children were tested by UCC to see if they could perform the nine physical

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Manhunt for teen accused of raping young girl (13) 30-04-2015 A Blackpool teen accused of raping a young girl is believed to be on the run in Ireland after he fled the UK in March. Gardai are seeking to trace Ryan Humpage (18) after he was spotted in Co Kildare last week. Members of the public have been advised not to approach the teenager, who is understood to have travelled to Ireland in recent weeks. It is believed that he was previously in Co

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New weapon for parents in the war on cyber-bullying 23-04-2015 Parents may soon be able to spot whether their child is being bullied on social media sites thanks to a new programme being devised by an Irish cyber expert. Mary Aiken, a cyber psychologist - who is the inspiration behind 'CSI: Cyber', the latest spin-off of the hugely popular American crime drama franchise - revealed that she is currently working with a tech company in Silicon Valley to read more

Pupils’ booklet on mental health reaches three finals 22-04-2015 A booklet designed to help young people take care of their mental health has seen its six transition-year creators advance to the finals of three national competitions in the next month. Bishopstown Community School students Aleksandra Jedrzejczyk, Niye Aihie, Liam Harrington, Maeve McGovern, Fiona Murphy, and Saulius Zurnia wanted readers of their booklet to really think about their read more

Homeless services deal with almost 1,000 children 21-04-2015 Figures show 55% increase in number of homeless families in Dublin since last June Almost 1,000 children in Dublin are homeless and living in emergency accommodation, the latest official figures show. The figures, from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE), show that during the week of March 23rd to March 29th there were 411 families in emergency accommodation in the capital with 911 read more

Plan for emergency social workers 20-04-2015 Plans are being put in place for the first nationwide out-of-hours social work service —10 years after the outcry sparked by the deaths of Sharon Grace and her young daughters. The service will be co- ordinated through a national night-time and weekend call centre which will link gardaí and hospital staff to on-call social workers in every county. Gardaí, hospital staff,

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Charity holds training session for teachers to spot depression 17-04-2015 Concern is being expressed about the pressures on teachers to spot signs of depression amongst their students. Bereavement charity Console is holding a training session today aimed at giving teachers tools to spot signs of pupils who may be in distress and who may be considering taking their own lives. The organisation said the reduction in the number of guidance

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Supreme Court alters evidence rule which had applied since 1990 16-04-2015 The Supreme Court has relaxed a 25-year-old rule which effectively excluded from a criminal trial evidence which was obtained through a breach of an accused's rights. In a case that could have major implications for the investigation and prosecution of crimes, the court granted an appeal by the DPP to relax a 1990 rule concerning exclusion of evidence. The application of the rule led to a

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Children's jabs will continue to be voluntary - HSE 14-04-2015 Irish parents will continue to be able to make up their own minds on whether they vaccinate their children against disease. The Health Service Executive will not be following the "no jab, no pay" policy of Australia - which means parents lose benefit payments if they fail to consent to their children getting jabs to protect them from diseases like measles. A HSE spokeswoman said that Irish

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Gardai interview parents who used controversial bleach treatment on autistic children 13-04-2015 Gardai have interviewed a number of people who gave their autistic children a controversial bleach treatment, believing it could ‘cure’ them. The interviews were carried out after a joint investigation by the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the gardai into the controversial treatment, being promoted in Ireland by an international cult. The substance is known as Miracle Mineral

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Free GP care scheme for children under age 6 to come into effect in July 10-04-2015 ‘Major step’ in improving access, quality and affordability of care, says Varadkar The Government’s long- planned scheme for free GP care for children aged under six is to come into effect in July after a deal was agreed with doctors’ representatives. About 270,000 children stand to benefit from the agreement between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO). The scheme

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Pharmacists warn Irish parents about the dangers of codeine based cold and flu medicine 09-04-2015 Irish pharmacists have issued a warning to parents about the possible dangerous side-effects of codeine-containing medicines used to treat coughs and colds in children under 12. Treating children with codeine-containing medication could cause serious side-effects including respiratory difficulty and its use is prohibited in children below 12-years-old. Use of medication containing codeine

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School ‘old boy network’ privilege to be wiped out 07-04-2015 Schools will only be allowed to reserve one in 10 places for the children of past pupils under plans to be announced today by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan. The move is set to spark a massive backlash from the country’s most influential ‘old boys’ networks. Under the plan, schools will also be required to make an explicit statement in their admission policy that they

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7 myths about autism debunked 03-04-2015 It was World Autism Awareness Day yesterday but do we really understand about it? 87% of people living with autism think the general public don’t have a good understanding of the condition. Some people with autism may have accompanying learning difficulties, but autism itself has nothing to do with intellectual capability. 1. Autism is not a mental health problem. It’

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Gardaí save boy (6) sold for sex by his parents 02-04-2015 A six-year-old boy who was being prostituted by his parents has been rescued after an EU-wide investigation into paedophilia. Detectives raided a house in Tipperary and placed the child into the care of the State. Gardaí were acting on information received by European police agency Europol last December, after communication was made with the Garda Paedophile Investigations read more

Interview with Social Care Ireland President Carlos Kelly 30-03-2015 Social Care Ireland’s 2015 annual conference took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sligo this week, with the theme of this year’s conference being “Building Relationships and Breaking Barriers”. Speaking to Social Care Training Ireland after the very successful conference, President of Social Care Ireland Carlos Kelly had very positive feedback from the event: On the conference: read more

Social Care Ireland 2015 annual conference 30-03-2015 Social Care Ireland’s 2015 annual conference took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sligo last week, with the theme of this year’s conference being “Building Relationships and Breaking Barriers”. The conference took place on the 24th, 25th and 26th March 2015 and organisers have called it a huge success, with 180 delegate packs being handed out. The conference was formally opened on

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'Anti-social children' named at meeting on crime 30-03-2015 A list with the names and addresses of a number of children accused of anti-social behaviour was circulated at a community meeting to discuss criminal activity. The document - which was circulated at a meeting of 60 residents at the Fettercairn Community Centre in Tallaght, Dublin - contained the names of 15 boys, aged from 13 to 18 years, and their addresses. Many

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Appeal to trace missing Dublin teenager 27-03-2015 An appeal has been issued to find 16-year-old Daniel Murphy who is missing from Dublin. Daniel was last seen on Decies Road, Ballyfermot at around 1am last Sunday. He is described as being 1.70m (5' 7") tall, weighing 57kg with black hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing navy blue tracksuit bottoms, a blue top with "Gryllis" displayed on it and white

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Teenage girl (13) has bag pulled over head by man in latest abduction bid in Dublin 26-03-2015 A teenage girl had a plastic bag pulled over her head in a terrifying attack where she was targeted by a man as she was jogging in a west-Dublin neighbourhood. The girl, believed to be 13, was out running in Clonsilla, training for her school athletics team, when the unknown assailant struck in broad daylight. She was approached from behind by the man who pulled the bag

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Children with Down syndrome granted extra teaching hours 25-03-2015 Children with Down syndrome have been granted additional teaching hours by the Department of Education, following a long campaign by parents. Announcing the move, the department said the supports were being granted in recognition of the fact that children with Down syndrome experienced a cluster of difficulties relating to the condition. The decision has been welcomed by

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Teenage girl (17) missing from home for over a week 24-03-2015 A 17-year-old girl has been reported missing from her home in Co Wicklow. Megan Larkin, from Bray, was last seen on the afternoon of Sunday, March 15. At approximately 430pm, the teenager was spotted on New Court Road in Bray carrying a white schoolbag and a black handbag. When last seen, Megan was wearing a blue jacket, black leggings, and white high top

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No plans to ban vending machines from secondary schools, despite obesity levels 23-03-2015 Vending machines will not be banned from secondary schools here despite fresh opposition from the HSE and campaigners. The Sunday Independent reports that the Department of Education has ignored new calls to remove the machines, as part of ongoing efforts to stem childhood obesity. Recent figures from the World Health Organisation which show Ireland has the highest rate of

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No parking permits for hospital staff who don’t wash hands 20-03-2015 Seven public acute hospitals get letters from Hiqa warning about poor hygiene practices Hospitals are getting tough on staff who do not wash their hands properly by imposing sanctions and penalties. Connolly Hospital in Dublin said it will withhold parking permits from staff who refuse to take part in hand-hygiene training. Junior doctors on rotation from Cork University Hospital to

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Care home staff member sexually abused woman with severe disabilities 19-03-2015 A care facility for people with severe disabilities cleared a staff member of any wrong doing and allowed him return to work before his conviction for sexually abusing a woman with the mental age of three, a court heard today. The 68-year-old staff member, who was a bus driver for the facility, was caught molesting the victim and making her touch him. He later denied the charge and claimed

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School issues warning to parents after two schoolgirls allegedly 'approached' by men 18-03-2015 A second school in Dublin 15 has issued a warning to parents after two schoolgirls were allegedly approached by two men in a black car last week. Hartstown Community College, a secondary school, has asked parents to speak with their children about safety after the suspicious incident. The approach happened at approximately 8.30pm last Wednesday as the teens walked on the Hartstown

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Guardians are vitally important to protect the interests of children in care 16-03-2015 We urgently need a proper regulatory structure and an independent state Guardian agency with its own funding Recent media coverage regarding Garda vetting of guardians Ad Litem (court-appointed guardians) again highlights the lack of a proper regulatory structure for one of the most important professions dealing with vulnerable children in state care. In care proceedings, the guardian Ad read more

Young girls abused for online audience rescued in Manila 12-03-2015 Ireland is one of just eight countries yet to fully adopt EU rules on combatting child sex abuse and pornography, more than a year after the passing of a deadline. The European Parliament urged countries to work together to combat the growing ‘darknet’ and help protect children, warning the latest horrific reports should serve as a wake-up call. Justice Minister Francis

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Paedophile sites stealing children's 'sexting' images 11-03-2015 Explicit 'sexting' photos taken by Irish children are ending up on websites viewed by paedophiles. 'Sexting' or 'sex texting' is sending personal sexually explicit images or videos via technology. Ellen O'Malley-Dunlop, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said photos of this nature have been stolen and published on websites used by paedophiles. "We know that some of

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Half of young Irish may have mental disorder 10-03-2015 More than half young people may have a form of mental health disorder before the age of 25, according to a new study. The conditions are mostly mood disorders, anxiety, abnormal eating habits and alcohol abuse, said the research published in the 'Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine'. The study involved a representative sample of 212 young people from schools in north Dublin,

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No treatment scheme for eating disorder sufferers 09-03-2015 People with eating disorders are not entitled to the same funding for treatment programmes granted to those who suffer from addictions to drugs or alcohol, the HSE has said. The revelation comes as a person with an eating disorder shared their battle to pay for treatment in a letter to the Irish Examiner. The sufferer hits out at the State’s “discriminatory policy” towards

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Childcare burden three times higher in Ireland 06-03-2015 Minister for Children James Reilly has said he is a “really strong supporter” of paid paternity leave and looked forward to a time when mothers and fathers could get equal entitlements. However, he added that the State’s “constrained” financial position meant such a situation could not be brought about in the short term. “I think absolutely that there should be paternity leave, and I’d be a

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Fast track for laws to ban shock therapy 05-03-2015 The Government is to fast-track legislation ending the practice of administering electric shock therapy to mental health patients even if that patient has capacity and refuses the treatment. A call to end the practice is just one of 165 recommendations in an expert group review of the Mental Health Act 2001 which the Department of Health published last night. The expert

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New Hiqa standards increase support of children in State care 04-03-2015 Best-practice guidelines promote child-centred approach and protect children’s rights The Health and Information Quality Authority (Hiqa) has published new standards designed to ensure children in State care are safe and get adequate support. The document sets out best-practice guidelines for State-run bodies or institutions charged with the care of children. According to the health

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Spike in muggings in city linked to heroin addicts 03-03-2015 A spike in muggings and pickpocketing in Cork City last summer was primarily due to heroin addicts trying to feed their habit. A meeting of the Cork City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) yesterday heard Chief Superintendent Michael Finn say that there was a noticeable increase in heroin use in the city centre last year, but it seems to have stabilised recently. The heroin problem is to be

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Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster opens up about being sexually abused as a teen 02-03-2015 Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster has opened up about her own experiences with sexual abuse at a sports conference. The 32-year-old broadcaster, who has been dating Irish actor Allen Leech for nearly a year, was a guest speaker at the Sports Respects Your Rights conference in Vienna. And she said that the only way to truly convey her message is to speak her about being

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Smoking 'doesn't relieve your stress - it increases it' 27-02-2015 Ever felt like a cigarette was giving you much-needed relief from stress? Well, a new study shows that far from relieving stress, smoking can increase it. Smokers have a 70% increased risk of anxiety and depression compared with non-smokers, debunking the belief that smoking helps with stress, the researchers said. The report, which surveyed nearly 6,500 people over the

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EU report on online child sex abuse ‘a wake up call’ 26-02-2015 In January 2014, a man was arrested as part of a major investigation into online child sexual exploitation. The individual had more than 80 social networking profiles, email addresses, and video chat accounts to sexually abuse children via webcams on computers. Once victims had sent him an indecent image or video of themselves, he started threatening them and involving them in far

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New child abuse allegations at small school 25-02-2015 Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised a Dáil report about new allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a small country school. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the abuse was documented in a report by the Children's Ombudsman and happened as recently as 2005/2006. He said he knew that a child who made allegations about the school had written to Mr Kenny. In the Dáil, Mr Martin

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‘Hard to sleep in a bed with homeless on street outside’ 23-02-2015 A Kerry-born nun who spent her life helping people affected by addiction found she could not rest easy in her bed in Dublin last weekend, knowing there were homeless people lying on the ground outside. Eileen Fitzgerald, aged 78, better known as Sr Consilio, founded Cuan Mhuire, a charitable drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation organisation, in Ireland 50 years ago. read more

Reilly: foster parents can be rejected if overweight 20-02-2015 People who want to foster a child can be turned down if they are too overweight, Children's Minister James Reilly has admitted. Dr Reilly revealed that the health of an applicant is one of the criteria looked at when assessing a potential foster carer, as is the overall physical ability of a person to care for a child. "Obesity cannot be ignored as part of the overall health of the

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Single parent allowance discussed by Oireachtas Committee 19-02-2015 The Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection has heard that lone parents transitioning from the One Parent Family Payment to JobSeeker's or other alternatives will be considerably less well off than they were four years ago. The committee heard that parents working a 20-hour week stand to lose €50 a week. The committee is hearing testimony from One Family and Spark, groups

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Unsafe streets: 32 used drug needles lifted from city streets every day 17-02-2015 More than 30 needles mainly used for injecting heroin are being found on Dublin city streets every day. The Herald can today reveal that almost 12,000 needles are taken off the streets annually. Three separate groups - Dublin City Council (DCC), the Ana Liffey Project and Dublin Town, the body that represents city businesses - are collecting the needles and syringes on both sides read more

High-potency cannabis linked to 25% of psychosis cases 16-02-2015 A powerful “skunk-like” cannabis is associated with one in four new cases of psychosis, a study has found. Scientists at King’s College London also found the potent form of the Class B drug led to a three-times higher risk of psychosis in casual users, rising to a five-fold risk in those who used it every day. The findings of the six-year study, published in the Lancet

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New 'Sneaky Naggin' drinking fad pressures students to drink spirit bottle down in one 13-02-2015 A new drinking craze among third-levels students requiring them to down a naggin of spirits has been condemned by the Union of Students in Ireland. The ‘Sneaky Naggin’ game involves surprising a fellow student with a 200-millilitre bottle of cheap spirits, usually vodka or gin, during class and forcing them to drink it whole when they are next out. USI Welfare officer Greg O’

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Women’s Aid says young women abused while dating should have access to barring orders 12-02-2015 Law must also address online harassment Legislation is urgently needed to allow younger women who have never lived with their partners to access safety or barring orders, Women’s Aid has warned. Younger women in dating relationships are legally unprotected from domestic abuse, says the domestic violence charity. It also says domestic violence legislation must be extended to include cyberread more

Planned new system for special needs resources is shelved 11-02-2015 Reforms were aimed at combating ‘inequitable’ allocation of resources Plans to reform the allocation of resources for special education needs have been shelved for this year despite concerns about unfairness with the current system. Since late last year the Department of Education has working to implement a new system of allocating resources that would allow pupils with special educational read more

Safer Internet Day: Top tips to warn your children about the dangers of online photo sharing 10-02-2015 February 10 sees the launch of Safer Internet Week, an EU initiative which aims to provide children and teenagers with the skills to fight dangers posed by the internet. Children and teenagers often don’t entirely understand the boundaries of the photographs they share online and so it is vital that the risks and dangers are communicated with them clearly. Below are ten expert tips

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'Porn in playground' fuels rise in 'child-on-child' sex assaults 09-02-2015 Shocking rise in number of child rape and sexual attack cases reported to helpline More than 600 children were the victims or perpetrators of rape and sexual assault last year - with some "increasingly violent teen-on-teen" incidents linked to pornography, the Sunday Independent has learned. Disturbing new figures reveal 618 parents, professionals and schools

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Second survey on children’s ethnicity after ‘White Irish’ error 05-02-2015 Parents are getting a second chance to have their children’s ethnicity recorded in the controversial Primary Online Database (Pod). The move follows an admission by the Department of Education that it erred in only having one category of “Irish” on the original questionnaire, namely “White Irish”. The department said a supplementary form would be available for downloading by parents within

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Fiona Doyle: ‘I’m not a victim any more, I’m a survivor’ 27-01-2015 Abusive father gets 9 years in jail, after appeal on lenient sentence “I’m not a victim any more, I’m now a survivor and that makes all the difference.” That was how Fiona Doyle reacted after her father, Patrick O’Brien, was sentenced to 12 years in prison with the final three suspended, following a finding by the Court of Appeal that his original sentence was too lenient. read more

There are 844 people under the age of 25 in Irish prisons 26-01-2015 Just 20 of them are female. Recently released figures show there are 844 people in Irish prisons under the age of 25. Almost 50 of them are aged 18 or under and 20 of them are female. Out of a total of 3,612 prisoners, this level of under 25s is actually encouraging, according to former Mountjoy Governor John Lonergan. Speaking to TheJournal.ie this week, Lonergan described the

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Children with anti-social siblings struggle to read emotion as well 22-01-2015 Teenagers with brothers and sisters who show severe anti-social behaviour share a similar impairment in recognising emotions as their siblings, according to a new study. The findings, by researchers at the University of Southampton, suggest difficulties in recognising emotions could be a factor that increases a child’s risk of developing conduct disorder – a condition characterised by read more

Teenager (17) missing from home for a week 21-01-2015 A 17-year-old has been missing from her home in New Ross, Wexford for a week. Letisha Murphy was last seen at approximately 8.30pm on January 14 in New Ross. Gardai are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of the teenager. Letisha is described as 5'4" in height, of average build with long blond hair extensions. When

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Social workers and therapists may face fitness-to-practise inquiries 21-01-2015 Sanctions against those found guilty of misconduct to include ban on practising Health and social care professionals accused of misconduct or poor performance may face a public fitness-to-practise hearing for the first time from today. A State regulator has been given authority to issue sanctions and investigate complaints against a range of registered professionals, including social read more

Increase in more lethal methods of self-harm in recession 20-01-2015 People who self-harm have been using more lethal methods since the beginning of the recession, research shows. While the level of self-harm continues to fall since then, the use of lethal methods has risen by more than half for women and by more than one third for men, according to the National Suicide Research Foundation. In 2013, the age-standardised rate of individuals

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HSE moves to allay fears of nursing home closures 19-01-2015 The Health Service Executive has moved to allay fears of widespread closure of nursing homes that do not meet the standards set out by the health watchdog. A report in The Sunday Business Post highlights a number of homes, including six in the Cork area, where the Health Information and Quality Authority identified areas of “major” non-compliance. These included St

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Over 2,500 nursing home beds may close due to failed standards 16-01-2015 Knock-on effect on hospital overcrowding possible through lack of step-down care More than 2,500 beds in public nursing homes may have to be closed from July because they fail to meet strict new accommodation standards set by the State’s public health watchdog. Such closures would have a severe knock-on effect on hospital overcrowding through increasing the number of older patients

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Department of Children announces new secretary general 15-01-2015 James Reilly confirms Fergal Lynch’s appointment to top position within department Dr Fergal Lynch has been appointed as secretary general of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, it has been announced. * In a statement, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly confirmed the appointment of Dr Lynch to the top position within the department. Dr Lynch will replace the previous read more

Cameras in care homes not ruled out 14-01-2015 Minister for Social Care Kathleen Lynch says concerns arise over potential intrusion The Government has not ruled out the possibility of introducing cameras and other forms of monitoring in certain care homes but are concerned about a potential “intrusion on dignity” that might arise in some facilities. Minister of State for Social Care Kathleen Lynch said cameras may be employed in some

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Plans for cameras at care homes are ruled out 13-01-2015 The health service has abandoned plans for placing surveillance cameras and undercover workers in care homes. The U-turn comes just a month after both ideas were floated by HSE director general Tony O'Brien, amid the fall out from the Aras Attracta affair. The HSE suspended a dozen staff at the home for people with disabilities in Swinford, Co Mayo pending an investigation. &

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Woman to appear in court over death of Emily Barut (11) 12-01-2015 Girl was found dead at her home in Tullamore, Co Offaly in September 2012 A woman is to appear in court in connection with the death of an 11-year-old girl in Co Offaly more than two years ago. Emily Barut, who was severely disabled, was found dead at her home at Bachelors Walk in Tullamore on September 15th, 2012. A woman in her 50s was arrested in relation to the death on Monday morning.

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Self-harming girl, 13, on streets with alleged abuser due to lack of secure unit 09-01-2015 The Child and Family Agency has told the High Court there is currently no secure placement available to meet the needs of a volatile and disruptive 13-year-old girl in care. The girl, who has self-harmed, assaulted staff and engaged in property damage, was approved for special care last month but remains on a waiting list with seven other children. According to the girl's guardian ad litem,

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Angry teen banned from his own home by judge at Dublin Children's Court 08-01-2015 A troubled teenage boy has pleaded guilty to damaging his family home after his upset mother got him prosecuted in an effort to get him help. The boy, who is in his mid-teens, was temporarily ordered to remain away from his family home, after he pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to a criminal damage charge. Judge John O'Connor ordered the boy to reside with

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Care home complaints 'very disturbing', says standards watchdog 07-01-2015 The nursing standards body has described as "very disturbing" a dossier of complaints relating to residential care homes which is currently being investigated by gardaí. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) was commenting after reviewing 700 complaints received by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) over the past two years. The body, which can conduct

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Parents of girl who missed 381 days of school facing jail 06-01-2015 The parents of a young girl who missed 381 days of school since 2012 have been given a chance to avoid jail. The 14-year-old has gone to school on just 26 dates since September 2012 and should be preparing to sit the Junior Certificate exams this year. However, she missed so many days she is now "anti-school", Dublin District Court heard. The court also heard the girl's mother

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State handling of childcare cases under scrutiny 05-01-2015 Implications for Tusla over refusal of care order after ‘inexcusable’ delay A District Court judge has asked for an inquiry by the Ombudsman for Children into the delays in a childcare case where two children were in temporary care from their birth for five and three years respectively following their parents’ arrival in Ireland from another jurisdiction. In a judgment delivered in

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Child protection chief on ‘walking the talk’ 02-01-2015 Tusla chief executive Gordon Jeyes outlines the challenges as ‘year zero’ draws to a close Standing in the gym of Dunblane Primary School on March 13th, 1996, where a lone gunman had opened fire on a class of five- and six-year-old children, killing 16 and their teacher, was a defining experience for Gordon Jeyes. The children’s world in the small Scottish town was invaded in the cruellest

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New allegations of mistreatment at Co Tipperary disability centre 19-12-2014 Ten staff placed on leave as HSE investigates complaints at Daughters of Charity centre Ten staff members at a centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Co Tipperary have been placed on leave followed allegations of mistreatment. It follows complaints by members of the public and issues raised as part of an investigation by the State watchdog for care standards into the Daughters read more

Almost 500,000 calls to Samaritans in busiest year 18-12-2014 Charity says callers starting to see contact as first port of call rather than last resort Mental health charity Samaritans recorded its busiest ever year in 2014 after it introduced a free phone service. The organisation answered more than 470,000 phone calls, 12,000 emails and 8,000 text messages over the past 12 months, according to its Impact Report for read more

Domestic abuse increases at Christmas, warns charity 17-12-2014 Christmas is a time of intimidation, cruelty, and “sudden flashes of violence” for many women, according to a leading domestic violence support agency. Women’s Aid also said children are used as “pawns” by abusive men during what should be a time of joy for them and their mothers. It said it had already received calls saying the extra stress of Christmas was triggering

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Summit to discuss abuse allegations at Aras Attracta 16-12-2014 The HSE will host a "national summit for disabilities" today, at which senior personnel will outline the measures that have been taken to address the evidence of alleged abuse at Aras Attracta in Swinford, Co Mayo. Minister of State with responsibility for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch will also address the summit at Dublin's Aviva Stadium along with representatives from read more

Child sexual abuse searches cut by Google changes 12-12-2014 Looking for images of abuse down five-fold after search engine alterations, conference told Changes to Google’s search engine has led to a five-fold reduction in searches for images of child sexual abuse, a major London conference has been told. Ministers, including Ireland’s Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, police forces and internet giants signed an undertaking on Thursday to coread more

15-year-olds recruited for organised crime 11-12-2014 Children as young as 15 are being recruited into organised criminal gangs and are involved in drug dealing and so-called tiger kidnapping, an Oireachtas Committee has been told. The Justice Committee is hearing submissions from four voluntary and statutory organisations on the prevalence and effects of gangland crime on communities. It heard that children are involved with

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Áras Attracta scandal due to ‘accepted culture of abuse’ 10-12-2014 The sister of a woman who suffered sustained verbal and physical threats at Áras Attracta says the scandal has nothing to do with cutbacks and everything to do with "an accepted culture" of abuse. Sheila Ryan, whose 65-year-old sister, Mary Garvan, featured prominently in last night’s Prime Time on RTÉ, hit out at any excuses put forward by officials after being faced with what her sister has read more

Undercover inspectors may be sent to care homes and creches 09-12-2014 HSE chief Tony O’Brien urges staff to ‘blow the whistle’ on any instances of abuse The Health Service Executive is considering sending undercover inspectors into creches and care homes to root out abuses by staff, according to its director general. HSE staff who stood by while residents of a Co Mayo home for adults with intellectual disabilities were abused by their colleagues may

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Watchdog fears over safety risks at children’s hostel 08-12-2014 The public health watchdog has expressed concern about significant safety risks identified during an inspection of an emergency hostel for homeless children in Cork. Inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) were informed that there was a high rate of unauthorised absence from the facility, with 610 such incidents recorded over the previous two years. A read more

Care leavers so at risk of homelessness they move home — charity 05-12-2014 Some young people leaving care are at such a high risk of homelessness that they are returning to the family settings which led to them being placed in care in the first place. The claim was made by Dublin-based Don Bosco Teenage Care Housing Association, which said it knew of at least four young people who had moved home on leaving care at 18. The CEO of Don Bosco Care,

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Hiqa to have new role overseeing reports into deaths of children in care 04-12-2014 Decision a result of concern about serious incidents involving vulnerable young people The State’s social services watchdog will have a new role overseeing reports into deaths or serious incidents involving children in contact with the care system. At present a National Review Panel panel commissioned by Child and Family Agency examines the circumstances of these cases. The group is read more

Tablet devices 'can cause depression in children' 03-12-2014 Thinking of buying a tablet device for your child for Christmas? Think again. Overuse of screens can lead to isolation, depression, stress, anxiety according to the CEO of Early Childhood Ireland. A leading childhood care representative has challenged a recent study that has described tablet computers as a "vital new weapon" to combat poor reading in young children. &

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Mother successfully challenges plan to cut access to son in care 02-12-2014 Judge rules boy should see mother weekly The mother of a child in State care has successfully prevented the Child and Family Agency from reducing her access to her son. The agency wanted to reduce access to once a fortnight, but the mother, her son and his court-appointed guardian believed once a week access should continue. The boy has been in care for more than two years, Judge

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Victims of sexual crime may confront their attacker 01-12-2014 New study on restorative justice calls for an agency to facilitate meetings with offenders Victims of sexual crime who want to confront their perpetrators should be supported by the State in doing so, according to a new study on sexual abuse and restorative justice. Restorative justice, which deals with victims and offenders by focusing on the harm arising from crime and resolving the

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Government report to propose sweeping changes to child protection system 28-11-2014 Scale of proposed reform suggest existing laws are no longer fit for purpose A Government report is to recommend a major overhaul of the child protection system to help prevent vulnerable children from being failed by the State. The advisory report by the Government’s special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, says sweeping reforms are needed following controversies such read more

Sexual offences bill to combat child exploitation 27-11-2014 Upcoming legislation will also criminalise first-time purchase of prostitution services A new draft Bill to be published on sexual offences will focus in particular on combatting sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. The General Scheme of the Criminal Justice Bill will outlaw the grooming of children. Offences will include the use of the web for sexual exploitation and read more

Department of Health seeks cuts in Child and Family Agency 26-11-2014 Tusla is struggling to respond to needs of thousands of children at risk of abuse and neglect The Department of Health has privately lobbied for staffing numbers at the Child and Family Agency to be cut, internal documents show. Staff transferred from the Health Service Executive to the new agency when it was formally established on January 1st of this year. But records show read more

UN report shows child trafficking on the rise 25-11-2014 One in three victims of human trafficking worldwide is a child, many of which are subject to sexual exploitation or forced labour, according to a UN report from the Drugs and Crime office. Overall, child trafficking has increased 5% since 2010, with girls and women accounting for 70% of the overall number of victims worldwide. "There is no place in the world where children, women and men

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Obese children as young as ONE being treated at top hospital 24-11-2014 Doctors at the obesity unit in Temple Street Children's Hospital dealing with youngsters suffering from breathing and liver problems Children as young as one are being treated for obesity at a top hospital, it has emerged. Doctors at the obesity unit in Temple Street Children's Hospitals are dealing with youngsters suffering from breathing and liver problems. A number of the young

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Government may appoint officer for child protection 21-11-2014 The Government is to consider appointing a nationally recognised, go-to figure that children around the country could contact in confidence with complaints of abuse. The suggestion was made by the abuse survivor Louise O’Keeffe in her first meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny since she won a landmark case earlier this year following a 15-year legal battle against the State.

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Government will not oppose adoption birth cert Bill 20-11-2014 Philomena Lee backs law which would help women separated from sons and daughters by adoption The Government will not oppose a new adoption Bill which seeks to give adoptees a right to their birth certificates, listing their original names and their birth parents’ names. The legislation was produced by Senator Averil Power, who was adopted from a mother-and-baby home, and is cosponsored by read more

Minister: Report into child's death unavailable until Gardaí finish investigation 19-11-2014 The Children's Minister James Reilly says a report into the death of a two-year-old boy is unlikely to be available until the criminal investigation is complete. Hassan Khan was found dead in his South Dublin home last month. The investigation for the Child and Family Agency, Túsla, will examine how various agencies interacted with Hassan Khan and his family from early read more

Court ruling may affect welfare entitlements of one-parent families 18-11-2014 Judge finds in favour of separated father wrongly treated as single person A High Court ruling in an action by a separated father of four may have significant implications for the welfare entitlements of one-parent families. Among the court’s findings is the man was wrongly treated as a single person for the purpose of considering his application for rent allowance. The

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Father alleges access reduced after complaints of malpractice at care home 14-11-2014 Boy has been in care for almost two years A father has alleged that since his son who is in care made allegations of malpractice against the residential unit in which he lives, the Child and Family Agency has sought to reduce access visits with him. The father said his son told him that when he was being restrained by staff his hand was bent backwards, that he was scraped on the

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First step in blocking access to child sex abuse material on web 11-11-2014 The first decisive step has been taken to block access to child pornography sites on the internet. One of the biggest broadband service providers, UPC, has signed an agreement with the Garda authorities to restrict access to domain names containing child sexual abuse material. It comes into effect immediately. It took seven months to complete the memo of understanding

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Parents put on alert as 191 toddlers eat capsules of detergent 10-11-2014 Scores of young children are still suffering injury after swallowing brightly coloured detergent gel capsules which they mistake for sweets. One toddler suffered corneal abrasion - damage to the surface of the eye - after exposure to the strong chemicals in a detergent capsule. Three others suffered damage to their central nervous systems, affecting their breathing and heartbeat.

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Family Court: Father who left children in Ireland may be pursued 07-11-2014 Father may face prosecution as abandonment an offence in home country A father who left his children in Ireland and returned to his home country may be pursued for criminal abandonment, the Dublin District Family Court was told yesterday. While abandonment was not a criminal offence in Ireland, it was taken very seriously in the father’s home country and he could be prosecuted for it there, read more

Childline fights for night time phone service funds 06-11-2014 A Childline campaign took place in Limerick city this week as part of an emergency appeal for funding to prevent the partial closure of the charity’s phone services. The Campaign Phone-Box Roadshow came to O’Connell Street in a bid to raise awareness of Childline’s plight and its need for €1.2 million to keep the night time service operational. Alex O’Keeffe, Regional

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Shortfall in school funding can damage a child’s future 04-11-2014 Studies show that high-quality tuition, smaller classes and support in schools can yield major dividends Cake sales, raffles, bag-packing and “voluntary” contributions: schools are no strangers to rattling the can to make up the shortfall in running costs. But against a backdrop of cuts to special needs supports and falling capitation funding, many schools are increasingly reliant on read more

Family court urgently needed for vulnerable parents and children 29-10-2014 High proportion of children in child care proceedings had parents from ethnic minorities There are many complex issues involved in child protection. Difficult judgments have to be made between competing rights and sometimes tragic consequences can flow from a judgment that, with the benefit of hindsight, looks as if it might have been mistaken. The second Interim Report from the Child Care

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Child benefit is ruled off limits in debt deals 28-10-2014 Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPS) have been told that they cannot include child benefit payments as debtors' monthly income because it wrongly inflates their ability to pay their banks. Child benefit is payable to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age, or under 18 years of age if the child is in full-time education. Some PIPS, who are authorised

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Sex offender claims breach of privacy in case over social media page set up to monitor paedophiles 24-10-2014 A convicted child abuser should be awarded up to £100,000 in damages for being featured on a Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles in Northern Ireland, the High Court in Belfast has been told. Counsel for the sex offender claimed the breach of his privacy was among the most severe cases in the UK. A judge was also told he planned to split any payout between compensating his victims

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Fears new sex laws in North will drive crime South 22-10-2014 There are fears that the Republic could become a soft target for traffickers, pimps and thugs following a new legal ban on paying for sex in the North. The landmark vote in the Assembly at Stormont this week paves the way for the ban to become law in Northern Ireland. Stormont's Justice Minister David Ford, leader of the Alliance Party, opposed the historic clause in the

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What is done after CRI alert child is found? 20-10-2014 The Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) system was launched in May 2012 but first used more than a year later in the tragic case of the Chada family. A CRI is issued when there is a suspicion a child has been taken without consent and where a risk to the child's safety or welfare is also feared. The first ever alert in July 2013 ended with Eoghan Chada (10) and his brother Ruairi (5

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Pre-school children 'had access to knives' according to TUSLA report 17-10-2014 Children with access to sharp knives and toxic substances, meals lacking nutritious value and rodent-infested premises are among a litany of areas of "deep concern" in a new report into pre-schools. The report, by the child and family agency Tusla, has also identified a lack of garda vetting of staff. There were a "small number of instances" where inspectors observed staff not

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€26m extra allocated to Child and Family Agency 15-10-2014 The new Child and Family Agency, Tusla, which is responsible for the most vulnerable children in the State, is to get a budget of €625m next year, a rise of €26m. Despite the rise, the agency remains under pressure in areas such as the allocation of social workers to many of the 20,000 children it is providing some social care to. Minister for Children James Reilly, whose

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Creche subject to Prime Time investigation hit with 24 charges 13-10-2014 A crèche which was subject to an RTE Prime Time investigation has been hit with 24 charges at Dublin District Court. The prosecutions are being brought by the Tusla, the Child and Family Agency against the Links creche in Malahide, Co Dublin. Four of the charges are against the proprietor, Deirdre Kelly (55). These relate to breaches of record keeping and garda vetting

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Inspector of Prisons criticises child detention at St Patrick's 10-10-2014 The Inspector of Prisons has strongly criticised the continued detention of children at St Patrick's Institution in Dublin In his annual report, Judge Michael Reilly said the prevalence of drugs and contraband, and overcrowding in the Dóchas Centre Women's Prison are of grave concern. The judge also said bullying of prisoners by other inmates is a major problem and occurs

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Just 164 prisoners have signed up for sex offender therapy costing €720,000 06-10-2014 A therapeutic programme for convicted sex offenders has cost up to €720,000 to run since it was introduced in 2009, according to the Irish Prison Service. But only 164 prisoners have availed of the voluntary programme during that time, representing just a fraction of criminals who have received jail sentences for sex offences. The Building Better Lives (BBL) programme is devised by

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Aftercare services need dedicated funding 03-10-2014 Long-awaited legislation meant to ensure young people leaving State care are supported into adulthood makes no provision for funding necessary services. Charities are warning that the Aftercare Bill 2014 in its current form will only go halfway to helping vulnerable teenagers make a successful move out of care. Jennifer Gargan, director of Epic (Empowering People in Care)

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Success of sex abuse treatment highlighted 02-10-2014 Only four out of 114 sex offenders who underwent treatment at a specialist abuse organisation have re-offended. One in Four said the figures were “quite extraordinary” given the damage the individuals could have done otherwise. Maeve Lewis, executive director, said the voluntary- body was one of only two community-based sex offender programmes in the country. She said read more

Increase in young sex offender numbers - One in Four 01-10-2014 There has been a marked increase in young sex offenders being referred for treatment, a leading charity has warned. One in Four, which counsels victims and attempts to treat perpetrators, said 18 to 25-year-olds make up a quarter of all abusers on its programmes. Executive director Maeve Lewis revealed many of the young men experts are treating began offending as adolescents by downloading

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Parents of girl who missed 81 days of school avoid jail 30-09-2014 The parents of a teenage girl who did not turn up for classes on 81 days in the last school year avoided jail terms yesterday. Judge John O’Neill heard at Dublin District Court that the girl’s school attendance record has improved greatly since the new term began. However, he warned the parents, who were prosecuted by the Child and Family Agency, they would face the threat of prison if the

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ISPCC backs opposition to Shatter's age-of-consent proposal 29-09-2014 The ISPCC has insisted that the age of consent should stay at 17 and not be lowered. The charity's comments come as the Justice Minister considers rowing back on the proposed changes put forward by her predecessor, Alan Shatter. Frances Fitzgerald believes lowering the age of consent to 16 could increase the trafficking of teenage prostitutes. ISPCC director of services Caroline O'

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Garda probe after boy (9) is 'offered sweets to get into stranger's car' 25-09-2014 Neighbours in Applewood, Swords, have been urged to remain vigilant after the nine-year-old claimed he was approached at the kerbside. A garda spokesman told the Herald that an investigation has been launched into the incident, which happened at around 7.30pm last Sunday. The boy was smart enough not to get into the car when the man drove alongside him. He claimed he was first approached

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Ombudsman not publishing report into alleged abuse at Kilkenny school 22-09-2014 The family and child agency has confirmed it has received a copy of a report by the Ombudsman for Children which examined claims of abuse in a Co Kilkenny school. However, a spokesperson for Tusla said they had only received the report in recent days and it was too early to comment. The Sunday Times reports that the former Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, issued her

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Mother regains joint custody of boys after moving back to West 12-09-2014 Judge tells couple to say ‘kind things about each other’ to their children A mother who lost custody of her children after moving them to another county and taking up a job there has had shared custody reinstated by a judge. In a District Court in the west of Ireland, the judge was told the mother of two young boys had since moved back to the county where her former partner lives and is read more

New law to clamp down on child prostitution 09-09-2014 Anyone found guilty of "grooming" a child for prostitution faces up to 14 years in jail. A draft new law published yesterday aims to strengthen existing protections against child sexual exploitation and makes luring a child into the sex industry a specific criminal offence. The bill was launched by Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who has campaigned on the issue and who

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School book costs leave families in debt for rest of year 04-09-2014 Families are putting themselves into debt for the rest of the year as they struggle to equip their children for the new school term. The steep cost of school books and other essentials means it is Christmas before many come to terms with the debts they build up each September. And the desire to keep up appearances means that middle-class families are cutting back on food and

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Abuse case ruling ‘raised the bar’ for child protection 02-09-2014 The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in relation to child sex abuse survivor Louise O’Keeffe "raised the bar" for all child protection obligations placed on schools, a conference on cyberbullying heard yesterday. Geoffrey Shannon, the special rapporteur on child protection, said it was not sufficient for a school to have an anti-bullying policy: That policy must be fully read more

Teenager in care may be moved to holiday cottage because of lack of secure care beds 29-08-2014 Boy “not getting care and protection he is entitled to”, Judge says A teenage boy in care may be sent to live in a holiday cottage in the northwest with two care workers because there is no secure accommodation available for him, the Dublin District Family Court heard yesterday. Judge Sinéad Ní Chulacháin said at a time when everyone else was going back to school, the teenager could be in a

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Family of 'troubled teen' says failure to arrange suitable accommodation is 'unacceptable' 27-08-2014 The family of "a very troubled" teen due to be released from a secure placement in Scotland later this week has told the High Court that the Child and Family Agency's failure to arrange suitable accommodation for him is “unacceptable”. Ms Justice Iseult O Malley was told today that the 17 year old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is due to return to Ireland at the end of the week read more

Gardaí seek three men over alleged sexual assault 26-08-2014 Appeal for information on incident in Cabra Park on Sunday evening Gardaí are searching for up to three men in connection with an alleged sexual assault on Sunday evening. A young woman alleged that she was assaulted in Cabra Park, near Phibsborough in the north of the city at about 7.45pm. It is believed that up to three men were involved in the attack. The woman was taken to the

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Teenagers taken into care after village in their home country burnt by ‘Islamic sect’ 22-08-2014 Two teenagers were taken into care yesterday at the Dublin District Family Court after telling social workers their village was burnt down by an “Islamic sect”. In a separate case, Judge Colin Daly said he was very concerned for the welfare of a teenager who had gone missing six times last month while in the care of the State. In another case, a plan to relocate two children, one of whom

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Vulnerable schoolgirl (16) who went missing after learning of pregnancy has been committed to secure care by the High Court 19-08-2014 A 16-year-old Co Dublin schoolgirl, who is six months pregnant and beyond the control of her family, has been committed to secure care by the High Court. Barrister Sarah McKechnie, who appeared for the Child and Family Agency, told the court that the teenager, who cannot be identified, was so vulnerable she was at considerable risk. Ms McKechnie said the girl had a learning

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Our Guide to the 2014 CAO - Level 8 college courses in Ireland 18-08-2014 CAO Guide 2014 - Level 8 Social Care courses in Ireland Athlone IT AL860 - Social Care Practice: 330 points (up 5 from 2013) IT Carlow CW068 - Applied Social Studies (Wexford): 283 points (down 77 from 2013) CW758 - Applied Social Studies: 325 points (down 15 from 2013) Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) DT571 - Social Care 405 points: (up 5 from 2013) read more

Our Guide to the 2014 CAO - Level 6 & 7 college courses in Ireland 18-08-2014 CAO Guide 2014 - Level 7/6 Social Care courses in Ireland Athlone IT AL664 - Applied Social Studies: 310 points (up 10 from 2013) Carlow College PC404 - Applied Social Studies in Social Care: 235 points (down 15 from 2013) IT Carlow CW017 - Applied Social Studies (Wexford): 240 points (down 50 from 2013) CW717 - Applied Social Studies: 275 points (down 20 read more

Plan to relocate two children in care will go ahead 15-08-2014 Guardian concerned about impact of move on boy facing State exams The Child and Family Agency told the Dublin District Family Court yesterday it would go ahead with a plan to move two children in care to a new location despite concerns raised by the children’s court-appointed guardian and parents. Judge Colin Daly was told the guardian was particularly anxious about the impact on

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Toddlers and Tiaras-style child beauty pageants ditches Cork and Dublin events 12-08-2014 The boss of a contentious US child pageant company has abandoned plans to stage separate contests in Dublin and Cork next month - and will now host just one event, in Belfast. Texas-based Universal Royalty had intended to stage three glitzy Toddlers & Tiaras-style events in total across Ireland in September, as a follow-up from their debut child beauty competition in this country last read more

Residents of disability support service had to pay for kettles, toasters and curtains 06-08-2014 Residents were also expected to pay for staff meals on outings. Residents of a disability support service in Dublin were asked to pay towards the cost of kettles, curtains, toasters and televisions, an inspection has found. The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report found that 16 residents of a Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service in Clonsilla, Dublin 15, were read more

Up to 1,000 women are 'for sale' here on any given day 30-07-2014 Human trafficking is still flourishing here a year after a Dail committee urged sweeping reforms aimed at eradicating sexual slavery, according to campaigners. The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) said today's designation as the UN's World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is a timely reminder for the Government to follow through on recommendations made by a Dail committee in June 2013 read more

Ask the Expert: How do I get my child the support he may need? 29-07-2014 Q My seven-year-old boy has just finished Senior Infants. He’s a great little boy and is very sociable, but right from the start, the school has been telling me that his attention is poor and that he is not keeping pace with the rest of his class with learning. I can see that he hasn’t grasped his numbers and letters like his older brothers and sisters did. I had a meeting with his principal

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Care reforms 'will place vulnerable young people at risk’ 28-07-2014 Child and Family Agency insists plans will ensure consistent aftercare support Planned changes to the State’s care system will result in payments to foster families ceasing where a young person is not involved in education or training once they turn 18, according to unpublished documents. Groups representing young people in care have expressed alarm that the changes will place vulnerable

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Schoolchildren in England warned sexting may lead to prosecution 23-07-2014 A police force has warned schoolchildren who share so-called "sexts" with friends over the internet that they could face prosecution in the criminal courts. In a letter sent to schools in Nottinghamshire, the county's sexual exploitation investigation unit said officers were receiving reports on a daily basis of naked images being sent between teenagers using mobile phones. read more

Call for clear definition of aftercare plans 21-07-2014 A clearer definition of what an aftercare plan is and what it should include should be provided in the Aftercare Bill 2014 when it is published by the Government, according to a new report from the Committee on Health and Children. It says the eligibility criteria could be broadened to include young people up to the age of 25. In February, the Cabinet approved the Heads of

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After naming, will the government make paternity testing mandatory? 21-07-2014 The question comes in light of new laws that make naming the father mandatory. The Government has no plans to make paternity testing mandatory. In light of a proposed new law that will make the naming of fathers on birth certificates mandatory, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil she would not be requiring the tests. The Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014 was published by Tánaiste

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Interim care order given for infant whose siblings were abused and neglected 17-07-2014 Older siblings had protected younger children while living at home, court told The Child and Family Agency has been given an interim care order at the Dublin District Family Court for an infant whose older siblings were physically abused and neglected by their parents. And in a separate case, a teenager who, along with her siblings, was “really damaged” before coming into care, has been

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Home for disabled children had no care plans for residents 15-07-2014 Hiqa report is among first into care standards for minors with disabilities Social services inspectors found that a residential centre for vulnerable children with disabilities was in breach of care regulations by failing to draw up any care plans to help meet clients’ individual needs. The inspection into the Co Cork centre is among the first to be conducted by the Health Information and

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Interim care order granted for child living in direct provision 14-07-2014 Court hears young boy would go with any adult An interim care order was granted at the Dublin District Family Court yesterday for a young boy who had been living in direct provision provided for asylum seekers with his mother. Judge Brendan Toale said he accepted evidence that the child, who is under five, had been left alone and unsupervised at least twice last month for considerable read more

County Derry teacher warns over training to spot child abuse 09-07-2014 A County Derry teacher has warned that her profession must become better trained and equipped to identify and help child victims of emotional abuse. Sandra Brown from Drumrane Primary School in Dungiven made the comments in her capacity as the new President of the Ulster Teachers’ Union. She spoke as Westminster considers a so-called new ‘Cinderella Law’, which would see parents who deny

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Concern over Child and Family Agency funding 07-07-2014 The chief executive of the Children's Rights Alliance has said her organisation is concerned that the new Child and Family Agency, Tusla, is another potential casualty of austerity. It follows comments by the Tusla chief executive that the agency does not have enough money at the moment due to demand for its services. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, the Children's Rights Alliance’s Tanya

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Big rise in legal fees for child court guardians 04-07-2014 Head of service at Barnardos describes system as ‘chaotic’ and calls for regulation The rate of legal fees paid by the State to lawyers acting for children’s guardians ad litem (GAL) in the courts has rocketed this year. New figures from Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan show guardians ad litem legal fees total €3.14 million for the year to date. Guardians ad litem provide an

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Gardaí need ready access to child data 03-07-2014 Gardaí might not have removed two children from their Roma families if they had access to health records, according to the Ombudsman for Children’s report. Emily Logan said it was “critical” that systems were put in place which would allow gardaí “ready access” to information on children held by social workers and public health nurses. The ombudsman was also heavily

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Illegal adoptions: Exposing the pain of one of Ireland's hidden scandals 30-06-2014 When well-known scandals, like that of the mother-and-baby homes or the Magdalene Laundries, finally hit the public consciousness — we often hear a common refrain: "Oh it was a different time." Journalists and commentators get accused of imposing the morality and ethics of 21st century Ireland on an Ireland which bears no comparison. As a result, we hear that the religious

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Care order extended for drug-addicted infant 26-06-2014 Parents of baby were homeless, court told An interim care order for an infant undergoing drug withdrawal treatment was extended at the Dublin District Family Court yesterday. The social worker in the case spoke of how the baby was born addicted to phenobarbital, a sedative, and is gradually being weaned off the drug. The process is nearing its end but meanwhile the baby could be extremely read more

Locals set up new support group for homeless 20-06-2014 Inner city campaign a response to rising numbers sleeping rough in Dublin A 17-year-old boy begging outside Spar on Dame Street, Dublin, two couples bedded down at Liberty Hall, five men with sleeping bags inside the railings of the Custom House, seven men sleeping in the foyer of Store Street Garda station, a distressed couple at a bus stop on George’s Street – who had had a baby eight weeks read more

Adopted children to get more rights in new draft legislation 16-06-2014 Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan is to extend adopted children's rights to allow them to seek information about their birth parents. New draft legislation is to be published within a month. It has also emerged that the upcoming mother and baby home inquiry is expected to seek crucial documentation from US immigration authorities and three American archdioceses over 'secret' adoptions in read more

Child rape addressed at summit on ending sexual violence in conflict 12-06-2014 Children are 'soft targets' who are particularly vulnerable and such crimes often go unreported, says UN special representative Halima was three years old when she was raped in a camp in Mogadishu. Now five, she is traumatised, incontinent and probably infertile. Roha, a Syrian teenager, witnessed the rape of a 12-year-old neighbour who was being "punished" for her father fighting

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Children’s Minister announces Commission of Inquiry with full statutory powers into all mother and baby homes 10-06-2014 Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has announced a Commission of Inquiry with full statutory powers into all mother and baby homes. Minister Flanagan said the investigation would establish the truth about what happened in all mother and baby homes across the country. He hoped the inquiry would also investigate allegations of forced adoption and controversial vaccine trials carried out

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Domestic violence leaving women, children homeless 10-06-2014 A study by SAFE Ireland has found that on one day last year 700 women and children were homeless or at risk of homelessness because their homes were not safe. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland SAFE Ireland's Chief Executive Sharon O'Halloran described the number of women who are trying to access their services as shocking. Ms O'Halloran was speaking as figures from a census carried out by

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Children in care to have holiday abroad without parental approval, court rules 04-06-2014 Judge says it is in interests of child to be ‘full member’ of foster family Two children in the care of the State will be allowed to travel out of the country on a summer holiday with their foster carers without the permission of their parents, the Dublin District Family Court has ruled. Judge Brendan Toale dispensed with the requirement of parental approval for passports in two separate

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Ireland comes third in number of EU drug-related deaths 29-05-2014 Ireland ranks third in the EU for the number of drug-related deaths. It comes days after health officials warned people to steer clear of a batch of potentially lethal 'Double Cross' or 'Double Black' drugs. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction says the EU has an average drug death rate of 17 per million population. The Irish rate is 70 per million people. Only

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Mother at centre of the 'worst case of child neglect' walks free from court 23-05-2014

A mother escaped jail and received a suspended sentence for what a detective described as the worst case of child neglect he's ever seen. Detective Garda Paul Carney said he and social workers found the 42-year-old woman's three children on a urine-soaked mattress in a bedroom in her "filthy" house. He said the children, then aged two, four and eight years old, had

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Children exposed to violence more likely to be cyberbullies 21-05-2014 Children who experience violence, harsh discipline, or neglect are more likely to be cyberbullies or their victims, according to a research review for the Government. The report found that cyberbullying on its own may not be responsible for mental health problems or suicidal tendencies. It says there are likely to be a range of contributory factors in victims of cyberbullying who read more

Proposed Children’s Bill gives gardaí ‘disproportionate’ powers 19-05-2014 Special rapporteur on child protection says parts of Bill should be reconsidered Powers to be given to gardaí to forcibly enter a home and remove a child when there has been a breach of an order for access or custody are “disproportionate”, the Government Special Rapporteur on Child Protection has said. Geoffrey Shannon described the Children and Family Relationships Bill as the “most

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Alcohol kills one person a day in Ireland 15-05-2014 Ireland has one of the highest death rates from alcohol in the world, as well as the second highest rate of binge-drinking, according to the World Health Organisation. Three people are dying every day from alcohol-related ailments in this country, while 2,000 are in hospital at any one time being treated for the effects. The amount of alcohol consumed has dropped over the

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Mother welcomes supervision of child by Child and Family Agency 08-05-2014 Dublin District Family Court hears services offered to her had made a “huge difference to her child and family’s life” A mother of a special needs child has welcomed continued supervision by the Child and Family Agency because the additional services it brought have made a “huge difference” to her child’s life, the Dublin District Family Court was told yesterday. The court heard a

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Parents urged to have asthma plan for children 07-05-2014 Parents of children with asthma have been found wanting when it comes to managing the condition, evidenced by the almost one in eight who had to bring their child to the emergency department last year. Research released to coincide with World Asthma Day found more than two in five parents of asthmatics did not know what an asthma management plan was — despite it being essential to read more

Child and Family Agency ordered to arrange psychiatric assessment for 10-year-old boy 02-05-2014 ‘Surely when a child with these needs is in the care of the State something should happen quicker,’ guardian tells court A judge at the Dublin District Family Court has ordered the Child and Family Agency (CFA) to carry out a psychiatric assessment on a 10-year-old boy in its care after hearing of delays in the case. Separately, Judge Brendan Toale made an order that three children

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How to tell when your child wants to talk 28-04-2014 Your child arrives home from school. “Did you have a good day?” you ask. The answer’s a monosyllabic “yes” or “no”. When he was aged four to six, he chatted eagerly. Since becoming a tween things are different. How can you get him to talk about his school day? Your motivation is key to a good conversation, says parent coach Val Mullally. Do you want to really connect with

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'House of Horrors' mother released from jail after five years 22-04-2014 Woman left through side gate at Mountjoy to avoid waiting media The mother at the centre of the notorious Roscommon ‘house of horrors’ case has been released from prison today through a side gate to avoid waiting media. The 45-year old, who described herself as the ‘worst mother in the world’ walked free from the Dochas Women’s Centre at Mountjoy Prison just before 10.30am. &

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“Ambitious” and “powerful” new children’s policy welcomed 17-04-2014 The framework sets out a number of commitments for making life better in Ireland for children. A new policy for children in Ireland has been welcomed as “ambitious” and “powerful” by child and youth groups. Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014 -2020 was launched by Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth read more

Children First bill published, 15 years after it was first mooted 14-04-2014 Minister Frances Fitzgerald had promised in early March that the bill would be published soon. The Children First bill has been published, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald announced today. The legislation will put Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children [2011] on a statutory footing. This is a Programme for Government

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GPs must be able to recognise abuse cases 14-04-2014 GPs need to be able to recognise non-accidental injuries, as if left unrecognised, these could result in serious consequences for the patient, a doctor has claimed. According to Dr Eithne Doorley, a GP based in Clane in Kildare, non-accidental injury (NAI) is an ‘uncommon but serious presentation in general practice'. "Recognition of NAI is an important task for GPs, as

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One third of parents take children out of school for holidays 11-04-2014 One third of parents have admitted pulling their children out of school for a holiday amid warnings that attendance is “the biggest indicator” of educational outcomes. As schools shut their doors today for the two-week Easter break, a new survey reveals that as many as 32pc of parents admitted taking their children out of school for a holiday, while a further 21pc of mums and dads polled said read more

Sickle Cell: Ireland’s new disease which affects 400 children and 100 adults 11-04-2014 Ireland has an opportunity now to “do something right and groundbreaking”, the Health Committee has heard this morning. The Health Committee has heard how Ireland has a “new disease” – sickle cell. In the year 2000, there was just two children with sickle cell disease in Ireland. Today, that number has risen to 400. There are also 100 adults suffering with the condition, which

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Doctors urge new attitude to alcohol 04-04-2014 Doctors have called for a multi-disciplinary approach to combating alcohol-related problems and said legislation alone is not enough. The Irish College of General Practitioners said yesterday that it supports the Alcohol Forum’s work as part of Alcohol Awareness Week in highlighting the problems created by alcohol dependency in Ireland. With Ireland now ranked fifth-highest in the EU for

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Courts lack system to assess risk to children in unsafe homes 31-03-2014 Children are being forced to stay in “unsafe” contact with parents suspected of child abuse and domestic violence because there is no system for family courts to adequately assess the concerns. The crisis has been revealed by an independent two-year pilot review of court supports during family separation cases. However, the review itself has since been scrapped due to a lack of funding. read more

Constitutional right to privacy has to be considered in adoption tracing Bill - Minister 28-03-2014 Privacy should not be ‘way above’ the rights of children to their identity - Clare Daly A law to facilitate the tracing of relatives for those affected by adoption must take account of the “strong constitutional” right to privacy of the birth mother, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has told the Dáil. She said the initial outline or heads of the legislation, the Adoption (

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Parents are sharing too much online, survey finds 25-03-2014 Almost 80% of Irish people feel that parents share too much of their family’s daily lives on Facebook and other social media. The latest Eircom household sentiment survey highlighted that the vast majority of people feel that too much ‘sharenting’ takes place online, with more than three out of four complaining that it is boring for others. Despite this, just 5% admitted to over-sharing

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That’s Men: Where is the child in family law? 25-03-2014 Today, some separated men are in despair because they have little or no access to their children or because they have little or no capacity to pay maintenance ordered by a judge. Other men are ignoring the access they are granted or paying far less than they could pay for their children’s upkeep. Some mothers are in financial distress because ex-partners who could pay maintenance don’t, but

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Children here face higher risk of death from abuse or neglect 24-03-2014 Irish children and adolescents have the second-highest rate of deaths by intentional injury in Europe, a new report has revealed. Intentional injury can include neglect, abuse, violence and suicide and accounts for the deaths of around 3,000 young people under 20 across Europe annually. Ireland has been ranked second only to Lithuania for such deaths – with 600 among Irish people aged under

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Irish teen suicide rates among highest in EU 21-03-2014 The suicide rate among teenage girls is higher in Ireland than any EU state, while the rate among young Irish males is the second highest, according to a report analysing what governments are doing to prevent intentional injury to children. The study looks at 27 EU member states plus Iceland and Norway, and found Ireland has the second-highest level of deaths in Europe by intentional injury, read more

Religious schools to join campaign on homophobia 13-03-2014 Children's classrooms will have posters urging an end to bullying based upon sexual identity Catholic and Protestant schools are to take the landmark step of displaying LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) posters in classrooms as part of an all-out drive to stamp out homophobic bullying. In an historic departure for some schools with a religious ethos, it is planned to implement

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Over 2,500 children on waiting lists for mental health services 13-03-2014 Latest report of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service shows increase of 11% in number of cases seen More than 2,500 children and adolescents were on waiting lists for mental health services at the end of September last year, an increase of 24 per cent. The figure is published in the 5th annual report of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) today. It

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Opinion: Warning children of 'stranger danger' is not enough 10-03-2014 The sentencing last week of an individual who viciously assaulted two young children has once again brought to the fore many parents' fear of "stranger danger": that someone could abduct and assault a vulnerable child. However, the reality is that the majority of such offences are not carried out by a stranger but by someone who has already built up trust with a child or, indeed, in many read more

Sexual Abuse: ‘If you have concerns then speak out’ 07-03-2014 A growing number of local young people are finding themselves targeted by sex offenders who prey on young people before sexually exploiting them. The issue of child exploitation has become such a concern to the Western Health and Social Care Trust that this week they hosted a major conference on the issue - with the aim of raising awareness through statutory and community bodies as to how read more

Aftercare supports to be strengthened for those leaving State care 26-02-2014 1093 young adults received aftercare support at end of December last year The Cabinet has given approval for legislation obliging the Child and Family Agency to prepare an aftercare plan for young adults when they leave formal State care at age 18. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald, who sought approval for the main points or Heads of Bill, welcomed the decision, which she said would read more

39 convictions for parents so far over children missing school last year 25-02-2014 In total last year, there were 175 court summons given to parents over 101 children. New figures show that there were 175 court summons handed to parents whose children were missing too much school last year. The number of summons has been on the rise since the National Education Welfare Board (now TUSLA) began handing them out in 2006 – last year there were 133 summons, and the number read more

“High proportion” of parents unsure of how anti-bullying measures work in schools 20-02-2014 New measures to be introduced by term end A quarter of parents are unsure about the effectiveness of anti-bullying measures in their children’s schools as new mandatory procedures are due to be introduced by the end of this term. An Oireachtas committee on education yesterday heard from Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, on his report for 2010 to 2012. The findings,

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Plan to help children in care access supports 18-02-2014 Plans could be in place by the end of the year that would make it easier for children who have been in care to secure access to housing and education, the minister for children said. Frances Fitzgerald said a “cross-departmental protocol” would mean a greater “sensitivity” to the needs of children who have spent time in the care system. The “charter” would mean possible

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Children's bad eating habits were just 'allowed to happen' 11-02-2014 Ruth Charles: Paediatric Dietitian with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute Ruth Charles uses a striking phrase when she discusses the origins of childhood obesity; "things that have been allowed to happen." Things that have been allowed to happen, she explains, are usually small; little bad habits that can begin from the moment a child is born. So for example, putting an extra

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Daffodil Care Services were delighted to attend the launch of the Child and Family Agency 30-01-2014 Daffodil Care Services were delighted to be present at the official launch of the Child and Family Agency in Dublin Castle this morning. For too long, the approach to the welfare and protection of children in Ireland has been skewed, with many agencies and bodies inadvertently working in opposition to each other, as opposed to cooperating in the best interests of the child. There was a

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New Child and Family Agency launched 30-01-2014 The new Child and Family Agency, which will assume responsibility from the Health Service Executive for a range of services, has been officially launched. The State body will be responsible for child welfare and protection, preschool inspection and domestic violence services. The new body brings together the former HSE child and family service, the family support agency, and the national

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Government urged to strengthen children’s rights under UN protocol 27-01-2014 Children’s Rights Alliance calls on Government to ensure voices of children are heard at UN level Children whose rights have been violated will be able to complain directly to a key UN committee if the Government moves to ratify a new legal instrument on children’s rights. Under this new measure, children – or their representatives – will be able to submit complaints to the UN’s Committee

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Risk of obesity 'doubles' for children in low-income homes 27-01-2014 Children growing up in low- income homes are twice as likely to become obese as those in better-off families, a new study has found. The study of Irish childhood obesity discovered that socio-economic levels impacted significantly on a child's chances of becoming obese, with parents' social class, education and whether they drink or smoke all having a major impact. It also reveals that

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No child should be sent to school if they can't even manage to button their coat 27-01-2014 Every parent looks forward to their child's first day at school with a mixture of joy and trepidation. So, too, do the teachers. But are we expecting too much of both? The head of the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN), Brendan McCabe, claims that many children are starting school too early and aren't ready for it and teachers end up effectively becoming babysitters rather than educators. read more

Dr, Jacky Jones: Building of trust is vital for proper interagency working 22-01-2014 The new Child and Family Agency, established on January 1st, is good news for children’s health, protection and welfare. HSE Children and Families Services, the Family Support Agency, and the National Educational and Welfare Board have become part of the new agency. Significant partners include domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence services, Barnardos, ISPCC, Daughters of Charity Child

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Sex ed study focuses on younger children 20-01-2014 Parents are to be asked about the difficulties they have talking to younger children about relationships and sex. The HSE’s Crisis Pregnancy Programme has appointed researchers to carry out a study on what inhibits or what can enable parents to communicate with children from the ages of four to nine about relationships, sexuality, and growing up. The findings will help the development of

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Family law and child care court cases can now be reported, but under strict conditions 14-01-2014 The changes to the in camera rule mean that under certain circumstances cases can be reported. The media can now report on proceedings in family law and child care court cases from today after two Acts were signed into law. The changes to the in camera rule came into effect ahead of the start of the new legal term today, and mean that cases can be covered in the media as long as it is not “ read more

Public inquiry into child abuse opens in Northern Ireland 13-01-2014 The chairman of the public inquiry into child abuse in Northern Ireland has appealed for openness from residential homes alleged to be responsible. Public hearings into claims of sexual, emotional and physical abuse have opened in Banbridge, Co Down. More than 300 witnesses are expected to be called over the next 18 months. Anthony Hart said victims would at last have the satisfaction of

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Second Opinion: Domestic violence isn’t just for festive season 02-01-2014 Domestic violence occurs all year round and worsens during the festive season of Christmas and New Year when perpetrators exert more control over finances and family gatherings. The increase in violence is often mistakenly attributed to stress, alcohol consumption, money worries and household bills. While these family challenges do not help, they do not cause domestic violence. Recessions do

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Children's Rights Alliance raises concerns about staffing of Child and Family Agency 02-01-2014 The Children's Rights Alliance has raised concerns about the staffing and funding of the new Child and Family Agency. The agency takes over responsibility today for child protection services from the Health Service Executive. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the agency is "a response to systemic failures in delivering services to vulnerable children". Speaking on RTÉ's

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Child referrals to Garda for begging rise 02-01-2014 Some 12,246 children involved in a total of 24,069 offences were referred The number of children referred to the Garda Diversion Programme for crimes including begging, theft from the person, homicide and sexual offences increased last year. A new report published yesterday found that while the number of children referred to the programme fell for the sixth year in a row in 2012, the number read more

Dr Mark Rowe: Going easy on the drink will make your life better as well as longer 20-12-2013 As a nation, the Irish have traditionally had a high tolerance for excessive "social" drinking, especially around the festive season. Many of the effects of our collective alcohol dependence and misuse remain hidden from sight, just like an iceberg under water, but a potential timebomb nonetheless, for the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and Ireland Inc. read more

One-parent families singled out by society, report claims 20-12-2013 One-parent families have been unfairly “scapegoated” by society, according to a new report into the impact of family structure on child development. The Growing Up in a One-Parent Family report says children from lone-parent families fare similarly to those in married families - if faced with the same conditions growing up. It has found that the apparent benefits of

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1000 Trained In Suicide Intervention 20-12-2013 Volunteers from the local suicide intervention group Breaking The Silence provided Suicide Intervention Training to more than 1000 people in 2013. John Mansworth, Chairperson of Breaking The Silence expressed his sincere gratitude for the effort put in by members of the team: "Our trainers go above and beyond to provide these world standard training programmes. This is done with great support read more

iReport website records 97 racist incidents in first 2½ months of operation 16-12-2013 A black African teenager was hit with a hurley and verbally abused in her garden in one of 97 racist incidents reported to an online database in the first 2½ months after it went live. A complaint made to iReport, an online database managed by the European Network Against Racism, said the girl and her family had been racially abused by a neighbour on several occasions and that the family was read more

One in ten Irish living in poverty 16-12-2013 1 in 10 people suffers food poverty across the country, new figures have revealed. As trade unions Mandate and Unite called for the Government to release vital funds to help tackle the problem, they cited pensioners, the newly unemployed and lone parents as among the worst off. Mandate general secretary John Douglas said food poverty means someone has been forced to miss a meal because they

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Unions hit out at food poverty data 16-12-2013 One in 10 people suffers food poverty across the country, new figures have revealed. As trade unions Mandate and Unite called for the Government to release vital funds to help tackle the problem, they cited pensioners, the newly unemployed and lone parents as among the worst off. Mandate general secretary John Douglas said food poverty means someone has been forced to miss a meal because

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Gardaí to launch Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) app 04-12-2013 Ireland's first ever National Missing Person's Day will be marked later today at a special ceremony at Farmleigh House in Dublin. To coincide with the event Gardaí are launching a free Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert app, which it's hoped will allow the public to better assist officers investigating child abduction cases. Over 7,000 people go missing in Ireland each year,

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Ask the Expert: Helping my child build ties with her dad 03-12-2013 Q Could you provide guidance as to how to help my daughter, who is three and a half years old, deal with her dad re-entering her life after an absenceof one year or so? We split up shortly after she was born and he had some contact limited to odd visits after that, before he moved away for a year or so for work. Now he is back in the country and wants to start contact with her. She seems

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Living in fear of your child 03-12-2013 It’s domestic violence but you won’t find it recorded in Ireland, nor mentioned in legislation. Yet professionals working with families report that childto-parent violence is a growing problem. We’re not talking about normal teenage tantrums – the slamming of doors, outbursts about how you are ruining their lives, rants about curfews. Most families live through that; the behaviour may be read more

Fruit drinks and cordials ‘contributing to childhood obesity’ 02-12-2013 Sugar levels in popular drinks aimed at children are often as high as those in fizzy drinks Parents have been warned that the sugar content of fruit drinks and cordials is contributing to childhood obesity. A survey by Safefood has found sugar levels in a wide selection of popular drinks aimed at children are often as high as those in fizzy drinks. According to Safefood a 200ml serving of

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Some families’ financial woes ‘pervasive and persistent’ 27-11-2013 Two-thirds of families with children feel ‘significant effect’ from downturn, study finds Two-thirds of families with young children say the recession has had a very significant effect on them, with 43 per cent having had to cut back on basics and a quarter finding it very difficult to make ends meet. The findings from the Growing Up in Ireland study published today follow in-

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School advises not buying GTA for the children this year 27-11-2013 A Mullingar School has taken the dramatic step of sending home a letter to all its parents telling them Grand Theft Auto V is not a suitable Christmas present for children. Caroline Mhic Róibín, príomhoide at Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, said: “We had started hearing in the playground from children that they were getting this game for Christmas. This game, where players can go into a strip club and read more

Children from poorer homes 'watch more TV and eat fattier foods' 27-11-2013 Children from disadvantaged homes consume 23pc more calories than better-off youngsters each day, and spend much more time in front of TV and computer screens. A new Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) report highlights the widening health and social gap between Irish children by the time they are just five years old. It also lays bare the growing strain placed on families by the economic downturn. read more

Children prescribed ADHD medication unnecessarily, study claims 21-11-2013 One in 20 children in Ireland are affected by ADHD, with boys at an increased risk of developing the disorder. A new study by NUI Maynooth also reveals there's been a 60% increase in the prescription of drugs for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the past six years. The university's Archway programme is trying to prevent and treat behavioural problems in children

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On-call aid plea for abused women 21-11-2013 A review of domestic violence laws could change the lives of the one in five women abused at the hands of a partner, a charity claimed. Women's Aid has called for a 24/7 on-call system for emergency barring orders so women in Ireland can be protected by the courts when they most need it. Margaret Martin, director of Women's Aid, said the move would make a difference to the safety of women

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Calls to St Vincent de Paul more than double in three years 21-11-2013 As the charity launches its Christmas appeal, it revealed that the cost of providing assistance has risen to more than €40 million. Launching its Christmas appeal yesterday, St Vincent de Paul said calls for help to the charity have more than doubled since 2009. The continuing increase in requests for assistance has translated into growing costs. According to figures provided at the launch,

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Child porn sites blocked as Irish drive prompts new war on abuse 19-11-2013 Internet service providers are to begin blocking child pornography websites in a new Irish initiative to combat online child abuse material. The internet providers will now work with gardai to implement the removal of access to websites hosting child abuse material. Under the new initiative, gardai will provide new 'blacklists' of websites that they are satisfied contains child abuse

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One in four couples fear they are too poor to start a family 11-11-2013 Falling household incomes and pressure on family finances have forced one in four couples in their 30s to consider putting off having a baby. An extensive survey of how the nation's 30-somethings live their lives has revealed worrying levels of uncertainty and concern about the future. A significant number of young people still believe they will be forced to emigrate; while trust in the

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GPO woman cannot be committed as psychiatric patient, High Court told 07-11-2013 The mystery woman found in Ireland dazed, unable to communicate and later identified as an Australian cannot be committed as a psychiatric patient, a court has been told. Samantha Azzopardi, 25, has been in the care of health authorities in Dublin since concerns were raised that was she an Eastern European teenager who had been trafficked in to the country. The High Court in Dublin heard

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Special needs link to care children 06-11-2013 One in five children taken into state care has special needs, a new report has found. The first interim report from the Child Care Law Reporting Project also found that 12% of all child care proceedings involve children whose parents have a mental illness or intellectual difficulty. Director of the project Dr Carol Coulter said drug use may also be a factor for these parents and their

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Recession affecting eating habits 04-11-2013 Struggling households are turning to cheaper, fattier food to help keep bills down in the wake of the recession but the quality of produce is plummeting , according to economists. Rocketing prices and falling incomes have led to a substantial reduction in the proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables in customers' shopping trolleys while more food with saturated fat and sugar per 100g is being read more

Paul Melia: As a dad, I've been quizzed on heroin, drink – and slaps 04-11-2013 I have now been asked officially if I "almost always" push, slap or hit my spouse during an argument. And I have been quizzed as to whether I take heroin on a daily basis; have failed to do "what was normally expected" of me because of drinking; and whether I thought my life was a failure. It's these probing questions, and more, that the parents of 20,000 children involved in the 'Growing

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Text messages are saving Swedes from cardiac arrest 01-11-2013 Sweden has found a faster way to treat people experiencing cardiac emergencies through a text message and a few thousand volunteers. A program called SMSlivräddare, (or SMSLifesaver) (link in Swedish) solicits people who’ve been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When a Stockholm resident dials 112 for emergency services, a text message is sent to all volunteers within& read more

Courts must be supported in overseeing child protection 29-10-2013 The removal of children from a family is a draconian step, so the monitoring process must receive adequate resources The power of the State to remove children from their families is a draconian one, impinging on the constitutional rights of the family and on the welfare and psychological wellbeing of its members. No one would argue it should be used other than very sparingly and only when read more

Charities forced to cut services and let staff go as donations plummet 29-10-2013 Leading charities have been forced to cut services and let staff go because of plummeting public donations and cuts in government funding. The situation has become so acute that at least one is only managing to pay interest on its mortgage, others have warned they have "virtually exhausted" their cash reserves and salaries and pension payments have been reduced; while some groups have been read more

Parents told to curb child hi-tech play 29-10-2013 Parents should limit youngsters' tweeting and texting and keep smartphones and laptops out of bedrooms, a paediatricans' group says. The influential paediatrician' group, American Academy of Paediatrics, says parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences. It's been linked with violence, cyberbullying, school woes, obesity, lack of sleep and other problems. read more

Kenny warns against linking race to welfare of children 24-10-2013 Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter have said the removal of two Roma children from their homes by State authorities should not be linked to race or result in any group being “singled out” for unwarranted attention. “This should not be seen to be about any group or any minority, this is about children, and there’s always a balance to be struck if there are genuine fears read more

Frances Fitzgerald: Child abusers must be given no place to hide 24-10-2013 Since the mid-nineties, our country has had to come to terms with our shameful history of child protection failings. We have had over 20 major statutory reports into the institutional abuse of children in care, clerical sex abuse and horrific incidents of familial abuse and neglect. We may have shone a light on dark corners of our history. We have exposed past evils. We may have sought to

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Creche women sue RTE for defamation over 'Prime Time' 22-10-2013 Two childcare workers are suing RTE, claiming they were defamed in a 'Prime Time' programme about creches. Sandra Kavanagh and Lisa Craddock worked at the Links creche in Abington, Malahide, Co Dublin, which featured in the May 28 programme. Ms Craddock, of Brookwood Glen, Artane, and Ms Kavanagh, of Hawthorn Park, Swords, say they have been left devastated by the broadcast. They say it

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Long-term methadone use is form of State-sponsored social control 21-10-2013 Some addicts had been on the methadone treatment programme for 20 years Maintaining drug users on the heroin-replacement drug methadone is a form of State-sponsored social control that substitutes one addictive opiate drug for another, the head of one of Dublin’s biggest drug-free rehabilitation projects has said. Irene Crawley, director of the Hope project based in the north inner city,

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Teenagers need to be clued up on sex, not dressed down 21-10-2013 There are various grounds for arguing that the 1960s didn't happen in Ireland until the 1980s, and one of the main ones is sexual mores. While generations of Irish people were expected to abstain from sex or anything bordering on it, like sitting on boys' knees before marriage, there was a rather remarkably sudden change towards the end of the last century. Sorry if this is bursting read more

Opening door to a hidden domain 21-10-2013 The imminent removal of the ‘in camera’ rule has raised questions about how the new regime will work in practice Until now the door has been firmly shut, occluding the public’s view of some of the most sensitive cases that come before the courts. But in the next few weeks, with the coming into effect of a law that opens the family and childcare courts to journalists, a largely hidden domain read more

Children "opening piggy banks" after Donal anti-suicide video 17-10-2013 It is a situation the Walsh family has grown accustomed to – complete strangers contacting them or knocking on their door to hand over cash for the charity they founded in their son's memory. The release of Donal's last video on Saturday night, recorded as part of a HSE anti-suicide campaign, has sparked a fresh wave of donations. The Donal Walsh #Livelife Foundation has so far collected in read more

More than half of teens in North have been asked for sexual image of themselves 17-10-2013 More than half of young people in the North have been asked for a sexual image or video of themselves by another person. One in four teenagers sent explicit material to somebody. Sharing by mobile phone or online is commonplace to the point where it is considered "mundane", an expert report said. ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation have formed a partnership to ensure young people

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Honesty really is the best policy when it comes to your kids 16-10-2013 It's something we do as parents all the time. Tell lies. It's meant kindly to shield our children from the hurt the truth might bring. But is it the best policy? It's an intriguing question, particularly when serious issues are at play. What do you tell your child if you are gravely ill with a disease that might take your life? How do you tell your child your marriage is in tatters? Do you read more

Schools face sending pupils home as ASTI action bites 16-10-2013 Half-day closures of second-level schools are now on the cards as managers say parent-teacher meetings should go ahead in the face of the ongoing ASTI dispute. As industrial action by teachers enters its third week, schools have been told that they should no longer postpone meeting parents of students sitting exams next June. Such meetings would generally have to start at 1pm, in order

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Marketing of surgary drinks to children ‘cynical and offensive’, says medic 16-10-2013 ‘Companies need to be responsible about their marketing’ The marketing of sugary drinks to children is “cynical and offensive”, Donal O’Shea, consultant endocrinologist at St Vincent’s hospital, has said. Speaking at the Royal College of Physicians public meeting last night, Prof O’Shea called for a review of how such drinks are promoted and the effect their consumption has, read more

Garda Commissioner Callinan to liaise on 'Sarah's Law' 11-10-2013 The Garda Commissioner is to help draft rules on how gardai can use a version of Sarah's Law to give the public information on sex offenders. The Government will publish new legislation in a matter of weeks giving parents or guardians the right to detail on paedophiles in their area. The radical reform will see Commissioner Martin Callinan liaise with the Department of Justice on

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1 in 20 kids in Ireland have ADHD 11-10-2013 Doctors think that they are getting better at diagnosing the condition One in 20 children here suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it has been revealed. Dr Elma Hedderman, consultant psychiatrist at the AMNCH Hospital in Dublin said the rise in cases among kids is partly because doctors are getting better at diagnosing the condition. She added: “Many think the cases

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A Sarah’s Law for Ireland: Dáil to discuss child sex offenders bill 11-10-2013 The bill is being introduced in the Dáil by the Reform Alliance TD Denis Naughten this morning. The Dáil will this morning debate a law that would allow parents, community groups and schools to check information about sex offenders who may come into contact with their children or vulnerable adults. The Child Sex Offenders Information and Monitoring Billis being introduced by the Reform

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240 teenagers treated for sexually abusing others since 1992 11-10-2013

The Dublin based agency, NIAP, says that 5 per cent of adolescents they treat are young girls. A Dublin based inter-agency says that since their establishment they have treated 240 adolescents who sexually abuse. The Northside Inter-Agency Project (NIAP) provides a community-based treatment programme to young people, male and female, between the ages of 13 and 18 years who read more

ISPCC publishes tips on keeping children safe 02-10-2013 The charity has published advice for parents in light of the alleged attack in Athlone. It urges parents to teach basic rules to children from the age of two. CHILDREN’S CHARITY THE ISPCC is urging parents of toddlers as young as two to start teaching basic personal safety rules. An advice leaflet is being made available by the organisation in light of the alleged rape of two

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HSE took two months to arrange specialist examination for alleged rape victim 01-10-2013 The Health Service Executive took two months to arrange a specialist medical examination for an 11-year-old girl who claimed she was violently raped on several occasions, according to a report by the Ombudsman for Children. It says the actions of the HSE contributed to an adverse effect on the child, who did not receive therapeutic support. The HSE also failed to appoint a social worker. read more

Fitzgerald claims new childcare legislation will be tougher 26-09-2013 The Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said new legislation will provide for a tougher approach in dealing with childcare services which breach regulations. Ms Fitzgerald said the new laws, which were announced at Cabinet yesterday, will ensure that all facilities for children are now registered. There are 39 inspectors at present and 10 new inspectors will also be appointed to ensure read more

EPIC Launched 07-05-2013 Minister launches EPIC National Advocacy Service & Strategic Plan 2013-2015 The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD will launch the EPIC National Advocacy Service on the 7th May 2013. There are currently over 6,000 children in the care system in Ireland. EPIC’s Advocacy Service provides a direct 1:1 service exclusively for children in, and leaving the care read more

Inhumane and discriminatory 25-04-2013 The quality of care being provided to asylum seekers and their children is seriously inadequate and requires immediate reform. A direct provision and dispersal system, designed to meet their basic food and accommodation needs in special centres, has been criticised by the Irish Refugee Council as being inhumane and discriminatory. Those shortcomings are compounded by the denial of a read more

Missing Children Hotline 25-04-2013 Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, has today confirmed that the 116000 Hotline for Missing Children, operated by the ISPCC, which was commenced in December 2012 on a reduced hours pilot basis, is now operating on a full time 24/7 basis. Full time operation of the line started this week Minister Fitzgerald stated: “I am delighted to be able to announce the read more

Norah Gibbons Appointed 12-04-2013 Minister Fitzgerald announces Norah Gibbons as Chair of new Child & Family Agency Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has today announced that the Government has approved the appointment of Ms. Norah Gibbon as first Chairperson of the board of the new Child & Family Agency. The Government also confirmed the name of the new body will be the 'Child & read more

Social Care Training - A New Approach 11-04-2013

Authorities “abdicated their duty” to protect children 10-07-2012 Authorities “abdicated their duty” to protect children - AN INDEPENDENT report on how the State handled the cases of 112 children who died while in contact with social services has found authorities “abdicated their duty” to protect the welfare of many vulnerable young people.CARL O'BRIEN The report of the Independent Child Death Review Group has examined all deaths of children that

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ISPCC Report on Internet Usage 30-06-2012 ISPCC calls for immediate action to protect Young People The ISPCC launched its 2nd annual National Children’s Consultation report “This will come back and bite us in the butt”. The Consultation represents a rare and diverse attempt to study a large population of young people’s views and experiences in relation to a wide range of issues. Following last

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Barnardos Condemns Cuts to Special Needs Assistant Posts 20-06-2012 Barnardos Condemns Cuts to Special Needs Assistant Posts The Minister for Education must clarify the Government’s position on staffing levels for Special Needs Assistants (SNA) as a matter of urgency. Children’s charity Barnardos issued a strong statement of support for children and parents who yesterday protested against cuts to SNA teachers in their school. CEO Fergus Finlay said: “Last read more

Minister confirms additional aftercare staff and development of a National Aftercare Service 12-06-2012 Minister confirms development of a National Aftercare Service Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald recently launched Empowering People in Care (EPIC). This is the new name and identity for the Irish Association of Young People in Care. The Minister will also launch the initial findings of a study undertaken into the ‘Outcomes for young people leaving care’. 65

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Saving Childhood group marks 2nd anniversary of Ryan Report 23-05-2012 “No room for complacency in child welfare and protection”: Saving Childhood group marks 2nd anniversary of Ryan Report Marking the second anniversary of the Ryan report publication, The Saving Childhood group today called on the Government to maintain its commitment to closing the gaps in the child welfare and protection system. The group comprising Barnardos, CARI, Children’s Rights Alliance, read more

ICPPD 18-05-2012

ICPPD - A New College with a New Approach to Education in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

The International College for Personal and Professional Development is a third level Adult Education College in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. This college provides training and education in the arena of the helping professions, in particular the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy, read more

IAYPIC is calling on the HSE to implement its new model of Special Care 10-05-2012 IAYPIC calls on the HSE to implement its new model of Special Care The Irish Association of Young People in Care (IAYPIC) welcomes the improvements in management, governance and physical conditions within the Special Care units, as outlined in the Health, information and Quality Authority’s recent follow - on reports. Jennifer Gargan, Director of IAYPIC, said: “There are a number of

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Minister Frances Fitzgerald launches a national consultation process with children 05-05-2012 Minister Frances Fitzgerald launches a national consultation process with children. Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, today launched a consultation to discover the issues of most importance to children and young people to inform development of the new National Children's Strategy (2012-2017). The consultation will take place in the week Monday, 4th to Friday 8th April. Speaking at the launch, read more

Daffodil Announce New Jobs 02-05-2012

Daffodil Announce New Jobs Daffodil Care Services has just announced it is to embark on a recruitment campaign to staff a new residential service to be established in Wexford. This expansion comes following an increase in the demand for residential services and will provide an additional 12 full time jobs bringing the total number employed by the company to more than 40. &

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ICPPD A college with a difference, making a difference in 2011 30-04-2012 ICPPD "A college with a difference, making a difference in 2011" The International College for Personal and Professional Development was set up to inspire encourage and support people on their path towards wholeness and wellness. The goal of the organisation is to provide programmes of excellence that promote integration, creativity and spirituality and are available to a community of read more

IASW Press Release 25-04-2012

IASW Press Release "Social workers are shocked and surprised at the Minister’s rejection of mandatory supports for young people leaving care" Minister of State for Children Barry Andrews dismissed the need for mandatory after care supports for young people leaving care during recent discussion at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children discussion of the Child Care (Amendment) read more

HSE publishes Second Annual Report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services 17-04-2012

HSE publishes Second Annual Report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Dr Frank Dolphin, Chairman of the HSE, today (23rd November 2010) launched the Health Service Executive’s second annual report on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This report provides a comprehensive update of the current stage of development of HSE’s CAMHS services, as outlined in the “ read more

Minister Welcomes Enactment of Adoption Act 21-03-2012

Minister Welcomes Enactment of the Adoption Act 2010 and Appointment of Adoption Authority of Ireland Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, T.D., today (1 November, 2010) welcomed the launch of the Adoption Authority and the entering into law of the Adoption Act 2010. The commencement of the Act coincides with Irish ratification and membership of Hague Convention read more

Childrens Right Referendum 11-03-2012 Questions over children's rights referendum Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said there would be unintended implications for the State if the proposed wording on the children's rights referendum is accepted by the Government. The wording was proposed by a cross-party Oireachtas Committee and is now being considered by the Attorney General. In the Dáil today, Brian Cowen said the wording would

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If Government is serious about creating better futures for Irish children, a shift in focus is urgently needed 02-03-2012

“Build better communities not bigger prisons” – IPRT, Barnardos and IAYPIC If it is really serious about tackling crime, Government should commit to investing in prevention and early intervention strategies; all the evidence demonstrates that this makes far more social and economic sense than throwing increasing amounts of scarce resources at an expanding and ineffective penal system. This is read more

HSE action on childcare still not enough for real impact 24-02-2012

HSE action on childcare still not enough for real impact The organisation that represents frontline social workers has disputed a government claim that the provision of 200 extra social workers will help the Health Service Executive to deliver a better system of childcare in the country. ‘‘It is a drop in the ocean," said Ineke Durville, president of the Irish Association of Social Workers

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Needs of child must come first – Ombudsman 06-02-2012 Needs of child must come first - Ombudsman The Ombudsman for Children chose the occasion of the publication of her 5th annual report to once again highlight the need for constitutional change on the rights of the child. Current gaps in law, policy and practice mean that some children remain vulnerable and are not receiving the full support of the State, according to the Ombudsman for read more

Daffodil Prepare to Launch New Service 18-01-2012 Daffodil Prepare to Launch New Service Daffodil Care Services has recently announced the establishment of a dedicated residential service which will focus on preparing young people for leaving care. This service will provide the young person who may have spent a significant amount of time in the care system with the necessary skills and competencies to transition from the care system into read more

Young People call for changes at Dail na nOg 2010 28-12-2011 Young People call for changes at Dail na nOg 2010 Teenagers want Government to enforce a law regulating the use of altered advertisements / images and the Leaving Cert extended to a three-year programme 200 delegates, aged 12-17, took part in Dáil na nÓg on March 5th to discuss and vote on recommendations for action on access to education and mental health. Delegates are elected to Dáil na read more

Children’s Ombudsman publishes investigation report on the implementation of Children 21-12-2011 Children’s Ombudsman publishes investigation report on the implementation of Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children. This report is the result of an investigation launched by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office in November 2008 into the implementation of Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children by the Health Service read more

Mind Your Head - A New Resource for Exploring Mental Health Issues with Young People

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24-11-2011 ‘Mind Your Head’, a new HSE South/Youth Work Ireland resource to help those working with young people talk about mental health issues, will be launched by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Dara Murphy today, Friday 21st May 2010 at 2:30pm in the Gurranabraher Churchfield Youth & Community Resource Centre, Gurranabraher Rd, Cork. Designed specifically for youth workers, youth leaders, peer

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